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  • Summary: 'Valende' is the third album overall and American debut for the Italian psychedelic rock band Jennifer Gentle. (Note that there is nobody in the band actually named Jennifer, and we are unsure about exactly how gentle they are.)
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
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  1. Valende is really a more significant album than a lot of people seem to be giving it credit for being, and one hopes that it will be remembered as such.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Syd Barrett meets Fellini. [28 Jan 2005, p.85]
  3. Alternative Press
    Most of Valende's songs have that creepy nursery-rhyme thing that people who read too much Lewis Carroll would call "whimsy." [Mar 2005, p.132]
  4. Magnet
    Whimsical, immaculately realized music. [#67, p.98]
  5. It's hard to hear some of these songs coming from the same country, let alone the same band, as some of the others, and this lack of stylistic (or any sort of) cohesion may prove Jennifer Gentle's undoing.
  6. Its sagging middle aside, Valende may be one of the stronger psychedelic pop releases to come my way in the last couple of years.
  7. Under The Radar
    The wide-eyed soundtrack to an afternoon-stoner daydream. [#8, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. JDBurton
    Feb 6, 2005
    best album i bought in a while. warm, subtle acid folk from two Italian guys who took too much lsd.
  2. charlotter
    Feb 7, 2005
    hypnotic, mysterious psychedelic pop from italy's finest. "i do dream you" sounds like a lost '60's gem, but hypnotic, mysterious psychedelic pop from italy's finest. "i do dream you" sounds like a lost '60's gem, but the real highlight is "circles of sorrow": almost seven minutes of sheer beauty. brilliant! Expand
  3. AaronJ.
    Mar 19, 2005
    Very strange voice! Very naive spychedelia!
  4. LaurenceHC
    Feb 5, 2005
    Awfully unbearable! Two songs are acceptable... but the rest is hideous!