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  • Summary: M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel's latest Matmos album includes contributions from Bjork and Antony. Each of the ten tracks focuses on a specific person who has influenced the group in some way, such as William S. Burroughs and Valerie Solanas.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
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  1. Fascinating as it is, Matmos' complex creative process would be for naught if it didn't generate music you want to hear more than once. [Jul 2006, p.208]
  2. Even if it's not as cohesive as their two previous albums, it's some of their best (and certainly most ambitious) work.
  3. It’s both business as usual and their most complex set of ideas to date.
  4. As with the conceptual aspect, knowing the peculiar provenance of the noises on The Rose Has Teeth is actually supplemental to one's enjoyment of this suite... which stands alone as an enthralling aural experience.
  5. Matmos have created a digital manifestation of their own personality, one that would be done more justice through psychoanalysis than musical description.
  6. Matmos have created something dense, complex, puzzling and potentially meaningless to anyone but themselves and those who listen to music with their head instead of their gut, their hips or their feet.
  7. One's patience for this material can vary, and without a visual component, the experimental tracks wear thin and won't likely be revisited. [Summer 2006, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. ChrisF-T
    May 12, 2006
    10
    I love Matmos' work and live show, and this album still blew me away. Awesome samples, awesome art, great electronics and spectacular I love Matmos' work and live show, and this album still blew me away. Awesome samples, awesome art, great electronics and spectacular tunes. It's hard for me to stop listening because the songs are infectious and intriguing. Expand
  2. LeonardoF
    May 11, 2006
    10
    Long live Matmos.
  3. PaulH.
    May 12, 2006
    9
    I like how Prefix calls this "unfriendly and alienating" as if A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure was easy listening. Another brilliant I like how Prefix calls this "unfriendly and alienating" as if A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure was easy listening. Another brilliant warped bit of experimental mastery from Matmos. Too bad more music isn't this bold. Expand
  4. nikola
    May 16, 2006
    9
    apsolutely great, the sound of violence that makes all other electronic artist look like amateurs. not their best, 'cause "civil war" apsolutely great, the sound of violence that makes all other electronic artist look like amateurs. not their best, 'cause "civil war" are the untouchable, but "the rose has teeth..." is one of my favourites for album of the year Expand
  5. MaryH
    Jul 4, 2006
    9
    Extraordinary concept album-- well beyond my already-high expectations. Plus, the album art is to die for.
  6. marcos
    Jun 8, 2006
    5
    Weak and boring.
  7. DaveA
    May 27, 2006
    0
    Time for these guys to put their foot in their mouth.