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  • Summary: This is the fourth album for the punk rock band from Boston.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. The Sound finds Burma at a new peak of sorts. But this one not only packs a visceral instrumental punch, but also engenders a sense of danger sorely lacking in today's largely fangless garage punk scene.
  2. The Sound The Speed The Light is as good as "Obliterati."
  3. It would've been easy to let The Sound cruise from there, filling it with solid also-rans. But the energy level and commitment continue unabated.
  4. This album sounded exactly as I imagined it would, sounding pumped in straight from a dingy practice space from the early 80’s. It’s just that the music sounds more in service to the post-punk ideal than to the individual songs, affecting a feeling of taking a wild trip through a style instead of offering memorable individual experiences.
  5. The Sound the Speed the Light falls a few feet short of the level of excellence Mission of Burma have set for themselves in the past--though most contemporary bands would be overjoyed to make an album as interesting and compelling as this one.
  6. A surprising change of pace for a band that shows no signs of slowing down.
  7. The band rolls out another solid, if slightly unspectacular album.

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