The Spell - The Black Heart Procession
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  • Summary: The San Diego indie rockers return with an 11-track set that ditches the Latin elements of the previous record but retains their moody, cinematic sound.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
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  1. A pitch-perfect blend of Black Heart past and present, and a recording as accomplished as any that navigates similarly dark seas.
  2. As much as I loved Amore Del Tropico, The Spell comes across even more striking.
  3. The Spell is Black Heart Procession's best album, cohesive though it lacks the conceptual arc of its predecessor, and dynamically arranged, with the sense of interplay that flows naturally from a working band.
  4. Again finds them excelling in the art of morbidity. [27 May 2006, p.33]
  5. The Spell cannot break free of the band’s successful formula without something a lot more challenging than this.
  6. 60
    Unfortunately, lead singer Pall Jenkins's vocals are not as spectacular as the arrangements backing him. [May 2006, p.82]
  7. It's prevented from turning fancy by its grounding in some rudimentary rock dynamics. [May 2006, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. lilithc
    Jan 3, 2007
    10
    simply beautiful music.
  2. Jacob
    Jul 2, 2006
    9
    Brilliant. The Black Heart Procession as they should should - ominous, moody and atmospheric.