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  • Summary: Inspired partly by a Salman Rushdie essay, the California metal band's fourth album was produced by Matt Radosevich.
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  1. While weeding through the wreckage of science, sociology, and religion for the quivering individual may seem like heavily guarded Radiohead territory, Dredg pulls it off with the human heart still intact. At 18 tracks, it can be a lot to swallow, but keep in mind that many of these are transitional pieces and rarely overstay their welcome.
  2. The most important takeaway when listening to The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion is that however centaurian the album as a whole may be, Dredg are a truly special group.
  3. Pariah isn't without its merits, and diehard fans will likely find few flaws anywhere. But for the casual listener, the album might seems a little less "Of The Room" and a little more "Rent." [Jul 2009, p.126]
  4. Though it often oversteps its own ability a few too many times, The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion is clear in aggression and ambition, rarely annoying listeners with undue hubris.
  5. Dredg gets a bit lost in the pursuit of redefining itself; thankfully, the current coordinates aren’t too far off from what once made the band so promising.
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  1. matthewR.
    Jul 1, 2009
    Absolutely outstanding.
  2. jamesT
    Jun 24, 2009
    Catch without arms was one hell of a record to have to follow but this album fucking rocks.
  3. GregO.
    Jun 28, 2009
    If you like dredg you will like this cd. I almost didn't pick it up after reading these reviews but I am really glad I did. Buy this record and enjoy it because I know you will. Expand
  4. Yusten
    Jun 22, 2009
    Don't understand why the reviews are as low as they are. This is a great comeback from a band that has yet to disappoint.
  5. Jan 20, 2011
    Amazing, amazing music. Simple as that. Everything is superb on this record, from songwriting to performance to production. Easily my most played album of 2009 and probably for the most part of 2010 as well. Song to die for: Quotes. Expand
  6. Damion
    Jul 2, 2009
    Don't believe the hype. This isn't a "comeback" album. This brilliant band never left. The only thing missing from them is the desire to sell out and make college radio crap or pop tunes. They aren't willfully grungy and trendy like the garbage that spews from the music machine. I'm looking at you Mars Volta. They aren't glammy characters, just musicians. The band is right on point, its the trendy jaded listener and the corporate beancounters that don't get it. Enjoy this gift to music lovers while you can. They may be stopping thanks to continued ignorance. Those who know, know well, those who don't, don't know squat. Don't believe the hype. Expand
  7. Cicobuff
    Jul 2, 2009
    I feel this album won't win the band any new fans, that aside for the most part its a consistent record, less commerical for the most part in comparison to the last release Catch Without Arms, but with that more varied and conceptual like El Cielo was. Expand