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  • Summary: The electronic duo's new album includes guests such as Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Ian Astbury (The Cult), The Duke Spirit, and Autolux.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Some songs are intensely gripping, like the instrumental rave-up "Chemistry," which drives along like Mogwai never happened. Others are plain weird.
  2. The result is a stormy set of dark, synth-streaked psych-rock jams that carries a whiff of tomorrow while looking back to the stomping proto-metal of Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer.
  3. So, once again UNKLE have produced another good rather than great album that sounds ahead of the curve.
  4. 60
    Unfortunately, on the rest of War Stories, Lavelle plays it safe by sticking close to poppy electro-dance tunes.
  5. It's solid enough, but given the imagination they once possessed, it sounds like UNKLE are trying too hard.
  6. 50
    War Stories feels more like a random compilation than a fresh exploration. [Aug 2007, p. 110]
  7. 40
    A turgid modern, progressive rock with superficial hip-hop sheen. [August 2007, p.119]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Nov 9, 2010
    If you know anything about UNKLE and Lavelle, their music is all about experimenting. To me, all of UNKLE's albums are different, but not in a bad way. In fact it's like the music is evolving. While I love this idea of experimenting with sound and coming closer to the rock (what is wrong with that?) with this album, I realize that some may not like the sound. This is a sound you either love and understand or hate. But listen to the album before taking the word of anyone's review and make your own decision. Expand

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