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  • Summary: The Baltimore band returns with a quick follow-up to last year's self-titled debut.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. Filled with an ineffable spiritual longing and a fractured sense of alienation, the album packs an emotional punch and a dark intelligence that sneaks up on you after repeated listens.
  2. As much as this album doesn’t diverge from the band’s original template, it remains an album of rare potency.
  3. The album is less immediately memorable than Wilderness' prior work, but its glittering suspension of pensive melodies and resounding rhythms is just as fine in the long run.
  4. 70
    When they learn to perfect a climax without gaining flab, this band could be a truly transcendental prospect. [May 2006, p.129]
  5. Somewhere in the mess of feedback and sonic sluggishness is something that strikes a nerve, makes you want to hear it again.
  6. This may be far too soon, more reflex than action, for the band to properly capitalize on their start.
  7. As progressive and interesting as Wilderness the band is, Vessel States is not a great leap forward for them, and those who appreciated [their debut] will probably be underwhelmed with the band's latest offering.

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  1. oswoo
    Jul 31, 2006
    10
    my favourite album of the year
  2. [Anonymous]
    Apr 26, 2006
    9
    An album that demands the listeners attention in the best possible way. One of the most grimly spiritual albums I've heard since Turn On An album that demands the listeners attention in the best possible way. One of the most grimly spiritual albums I've heard since Turn On The Bright Lights or Pulp's This Is Hardcore...not that it sounds like either of these. Probably not album of the year material, but it certainly sticks with you. Expand
  3. nickw
    May 3, 2006
    9
    gets better each time i listen to it. also they kick ass live.
  4. Dan
    May 13, 2006
    9
    Powerful group. Everything blends perfectly: Drums, guitars and that voice! I am mesmerised everytime I listen to this album. One of my best Powerful group. Everything blends perfectly: Drums, guitars and that voice! I am mesmerised everytime I listen to this album. One of my best album of 2006! Expand
  5. Chase
    Aug 18, 2006
    9
    A fantastic and cerebral album from the Baltimore art rockers.