Uzu - Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Canadian experimental/art rock five-piece was produced by the band's drummer, Alaska B.
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  1. Oct 29, 2013
    100
    The five-piece Montreal/Toronto noise-pop band keep things compositionally complex throughout, and each song rolls seamlessly into the next.
  2. Oct 29, 2013
    90
    UZU is an album that uproots us and transports us into the unknown, but it's an adventure that we would happily go on again and again.
  3. Oct 29, 2013
    86
    UZU is stunning and melodic, and consistently absorbing.
  4. Nov 14, 2013
    78
    If there’s a way in which UZU falls short of the band’s debut, it’s in the recording itself, which is a bit hazier this time out and consequently robs the music of some of the direct, visceral power it had on Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. That said, the songs and performances are good enough that it nearly doesn’t matter.
  5. Oct 29, 2013
    75
    It's an art-rock opera, songs flowing together with vague narrative, ripe with melodrama, and more than a hint of heavy metal's suspension of disbelief demanded of each listener.
  6. 70
    UZU is an ambitious piece of work to say the least, and whilst some of the metallic textures and tones may seem somewhat unfashionable these days, the purpose behind this record couldn’t be more forward-thinking and determined.
  7. 60
    The newly expanded outfit leans more heavily on their prog rock influences, losing some of the distinctions and dichotomies that made their debut so powerful.

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