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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  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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