The Obliterati - Mission of Burma
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  • Summary: While the trio of Roger Miller, Clint Conley and Peter Prescott typically wait a few decades between albums, this third LP follows just two years after their second.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. As the price of success, The Obliterati faces significantly higher expectations. Once again, though, Burma succeeds and surprises by playing to its strengths while moving forward.
  2. Last time, the surprise was that after 20 years of hiatus, the band was just as good as ever. This time, they're even better, more cohesive and confident, louder and funnier, still learning from life and each other, and using that experience to create ever more compelling music.
  3. They’ve managed to produce the best American rock record of the year so far.
  4. Making up for lost time never sounded so good. [Aug 2006, p.88]
  5. Kicks with a passion and inventiveness that's seen them steam up the specs of everyone from Moby to Graham Coxon. [17 Jun 2006, p.39]
  6. The Obliterati just sounds like the new Burma album.
  7. What really lifts this out of the ordinary is the undeniable craft that has gone into the song writing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. [Anonymous]
    May 23, 2006
    Scores better than their last album... and their last album was pretty damn good. Solid from beginning to end. Easily one of the best albums of the year. Expand
  2. ThomG
    Dec 5, 2006
    Almost as good as Vs.
  3. MarkD.
    May 24, 2006
    Album of the year, thus far. New bands will be weened on this 20 years from now. I can't believe how good it sounds.
  4. CalmeaT
    Jun 29, 2006
    Great album! I'd give it an 11 if I could. Way better than OnOffOn and up there with Vs.
  5. BrendanD
    Jun 30, 2006
    While the Burmese dudes and the ex-Grandaddy fellows battle it out for best album of the first half of 2006, I'd like to take a moment to explain why this record is a masterpiece. It is for precicely the reason that Lee W gave it a 1, except for one thing that Lee overlooked: there are few albums that rock this hard and can claim to have killer melodies on every single track. That's a feat never accomplished by even the best of the grunge-era bands, and even punk masters like the Ramones weren't always able to stay tuneful. Mission of Burma, however, always has, and they've now proven it with three masterpiece albums. Don't fool yourselves; this is nowhere near the greatest record of all time, and it still can't compare to "Signals, Calls and Marches." But take a gander at "Donna Sumeria," my favorite track on here, and you'll hear the full difference between punk and post-punk. Both punk and post-punk are all about big, exciting, tuneful choruses; but whereas punk songs get to those choruses as fast as they can (or, in the case of the best of punk tunes, they just begin with the chorus), post-punk songs take their time, building it up until you feel like you're about to burst, then taking your head off by making the chorus better than you ever could have imagined. Mission of Burma pulled this trick geniously on one of the greatest songs of all time, "That's When I Reach For My Revolver," and they pull it off again on "Donna Sumeria." But that's not to say that the rest of this album doesn't kick every listener, male of female, in the figurative balls. Beginning with the unreal "2wice," there are licks that Kurt Cobain would have killed for (and Cobain had some pretty great licks himself); "The Mute Speaks Out" plays like the greater psychedelic period of the Smashing Pumpkins never existed; and even the worst track on the record, "Period," could have been a big underground hit at the '70s CBGB scene. This album is absolutely stellar, a third masterpiece for the reunited geniuses. Expand
  6. TomC
    May 29, 2006
    This has definitely suprised me. I absolutely love it and cannot stop listening to it. Definitely one of my favorites of the last few months, for sure. Expand
  7. DaveA
    May 27, 2006

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