Valende - Jennifer Gentle
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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. Syd Barrett meets Fellini. [28 Jan 2005, p.85]
  3. 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. JG manages to both make fun and have fun, their music more goofy than cynical.
  5. 70
    A kaleidoscopic funfair of angloid psychedelia, baroque folk-pop and open-minded sonic exploration. [Mar 2005, p.96]
  6. 70
    Whimsical, immaculately realized music. [#67, p.98]
  7. 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
    9
    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
    9
    hypnotic, mysterious and...er...gentle psychedelic pop from italy's finest. "i do dream you" sounds like a lost '60's gem, but hypnotic, mysterious and...er...gentle 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
    9
    Very strange voice! Very naive spychedelia!
  4. LaurenceHC
    Feb 5, 2005
    3
    Awfully unbearable! Two songs are acceptable... but the rest is hideous!