• Record Label: Lovepump
  • Release Date: Jan 26, 2010
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. To Realize, the superb sophomore full-length from the band, finds them wholly embracing what was once merely hinted at.
  2. To Realize refreshingly errs on the side of taking on too much new territory, and gives post-punk bands, noise ghouls, and psychedelic droners alike something to envy.
  3. To Realize is an album that will certainly reward those willing to give in to the band's grand design.
  4. It's always great to see a band showcase all of their strengths but when you can take everyone by surprise it's going to require just that much more skill.
  5. The result is comfortably atonal--a headphones listen that's difficult but ultimately more haunting.
  6. To Realize is a cool, noir-ish fusion of several disparate styles blended together to create a sonic vision that expresses a great sense of growth in one of the most promising acts the West Coast has to offer.
  7. 70
    Crafting spacious soundscapes, taking droney vision quests into '70s psychedelia, and offering pleasantly subdued vocals, the Oakland trio appears to have found solid footing as a band of new-school doom-rock warriors.
  8. 68
    Despite the album's relentless and, at times, irritating drone and distortion, To Realize is not a static listen--just unforgivably moody.
  9. 60
    There is a certain rhythm that begins to form with constantly being pulled along and feeling as though this will be the moment everything crescendos. Prepare yourself To Realize presents a Sisyphus-esque journey that can be exhausting.
  10. The D.I.Y. heroes cleave their influences with the subtlety of butchers. [Holiday, 2009, p.80]

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