Wonderful Rainbow

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  • Summary: No, it's not *that* kind of drum'n'bass album. Instead, Rhode Island's Lightning Bolt literally consists of just two instrumentalists on drum and bass, and together the pair generate an experimental sonic fury on this, their second full-length.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Wonderful Rainbow is a brilliant record and has upped the ante tremendously for Lightning Bolt. They managed to take every single aspect that made Ride the Skies such a great record and intensify it severely, all the while showcasing incredibly tight and complex musicianship – knowing when to hold in the reins and when to set them on fire.
  2. The net result is an amazing pileup of discount psychedelia and stoner rock grind, with ample doses of ecstatic amplifier brutality thrown in to explode any ham-fisted accusations of classic rock necrophilia.
  3. Wonderful Rainbow delivers what Ride the Skies most lacked: Musical diversity.
  4. Uncut
    80
    The music is purposeful and powerful. [Jul 2003, p.114]
  5. Blender
    80
    If the White Stripes gave up blues-rock for steroids, acid and death metal, they might sound something like this. [Apr 2003, p.124]
  6. Mojo
    80
    Stellar noise pollution. [May 2003, p.99]
  7. Magnet
    40
    Sounds like classic overcompensation, a racket on wheels trying to live up to its hype by merely playing over it. [#59, p.98]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. JBoddie
    May 19, 2003
    10
    Music to autoerotically asphyxiate yourself by.
  2. musicis
    Aug 30, 2005
    10
    This album is currently making all my decisions for me and let me tell you... life has been great!
  3. connorb
    Oct 18, 2003
    10
    This album will knock you on your ass and lift you into valhalla
  4. nick
    Aug 30, 2005
    10
    The very best album from the very best band currently walking the planet earth. Sound assassination at it's peak.
  5. Mar 17, 2011
    7
    An interest-piquing statement by an innovative and technically proficient band. They certainly have their own style and don't really seem toAn interest-piquing statement by an innovative and technically proficient band. They certainly have their own style and don't really seem to care if you like it or not. A little over-hyped, but still an enjoyable record. Collapse

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