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  • Summary: The fifth album from the experimental electronica duo of M. C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel (best known in the past few years as Bjork's backing "band") takes a 21st century approach to 19th century themes. Members of Radar Brothers and Acetone guest, as does pianist David Grubbs.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 100
    Like 1999's The West, The Civil War negotiates a fragile entente between Americana and electronica, but does so on a bigger, constantly astonishing scale. [Oct 2003, p.122]
  2. While The Civil War isn't as exhilaratingly disorienting as A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure, it's another triumph; history may repeat itself, but Matmos never does.
  3. If you're curious about the group but haven't taken a chance on them yet, this is the perfect album to start.
  4. As a technical achievement and as a piece of pure sound, The Civil War is inarguably Matmos' best record.... [but] there's less of an emotional core here than on previous offerings.
  5. A beguiling marriage of the electronic and the organic that, while perhaps short on tunes per se, bristles with engagement.
  6. Though Matmos are undoubtedly the Willie Wonkas of ear candy, just occasionally The Civil War gets too anal. [Oct 2003, p.109]
  7. This sounds like what writers for a comedy skit trying to make fun of avant-garde music would come up with. [#5, p.114]

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  1. mario
    Mar 29, 2005
    8
    I really like it but i think that you have to be really openminded to give to this record the chances the it needs to b understood at last for me the best is two men carrying his own paranoia to succes with out looking for fame or money or things like that Expand