The New Folk Implosion - Folk Implosion
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  • Summary: Lou Barlow (Sebadoh) is still the heart of The Folk Implosion, but on the lo-fi band's fourth full-length release, his supporting cast has changed. Gone is co-founder and writing partner John Davis; in his place are Sebadoh drummer Russ Pollard and Alaska guitarist Imaad Wassif.
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  1. Nothing here is as generous as the hooks found on the band's sole hit (you may remember "Natural One" from the Kids soundtrack), but there's plenty of mournful rock for the mopers in the world.
  2. For impassioned Barlow fans, The New Folk Implosion's minute forward progress means a lot.
  3. A rock record that sounds a lot like Sebadoh with an aspiring guitar hero. [Mar 2003, p.94]
  4. Gone are most of the Beck-ish hip hop stylings, back is the bespoke indiecraft of spidery guitars, loose drums and oblique lyricism. [Mar 2003, p.108]
  5. The melodies are there, but they sure aren't catchy pop.
  6. And while its high points are nice and its low points aren't offensive, The New Folk Implosion is not the kind of album one would likely choose to listen to over the Pearl Jam and Paul Westerberg records that are similar and, frankly, better.

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