Vessel States - Wilderness
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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. Somewhere in the mess of feedback and sonic sluggishness is something that strikes a nerve, makes you want to hear it again.
  5. There's plenty of melodic mope-rock and shoegaze-y reverberations to admire.
  6. The blame for this tedium, as far as I’m concerned, sits squarely with Johnson, whose vocals are an acquired taste to begin with, but here assert themselves even more obnoxiously than before.
  7. Vessel States' uncanny familiarity is its central disappointment.

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  1. oswoo
    Jul 31, 2006
    my favourite album of the year
  2. [Anonymous]
    Apr 26, 2006
    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
    gets better each time i listen to it. also they kick ass live.
  4. Dan
    May 13, 2006
    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
    A fantastic and cerebral album from the Baltimore art rockers.