The Civil War

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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. Uncut
    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. This time Matmos crafts a convincing sonic history project that works its digressions into something more probing and consistent.
  6. Q Magazine
    70
    Though Matmos are undoubtedly the Willie Wonkas of ear candy, just occasionally The Civil War gets too anal. [Oct 2003, p.109]
  7. Under The Radar
    30
    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 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 Collapse