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  • Summary: Moving back to the indie leagues after one major-label release (1998's 'Freak*on*ica' for Geffen), the hard-rocking foursome return to form for the most part on these 11 tracks, retaining only a few techno touches from the experimentation of their previous effort.
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  1. Entertainment Weekly
    The bruising ferocity of these songs ensures that GVSB will retain their noisy-boy cult status for as long as that's the musical context they prefer. [17 May 2002, p.78]
  2. Alternative Press
    Girls Against Boys are still together making pwerful music that detonates the soundtracks of the new subcultures and corporate marketing campaigns. [Jun 2002, p.75]
  3. 80
    GVSB returns with the hallmark components of its early '90s Touch & Go days: piercing guitar riffs, frequent attacks of twin basses, surging percussion, and a heavy dose of vocal sass from Scott McCloud.
  4. Magnet
    Song after song hurts in that oh-so-right way. [#54, p.89]
  5. Has a rhythmic, revving-motorcycle momentum, like the Pixies without all the shrieking, or Sonic Youth without the frustrating feedback experiments.
  6. What's most promising is that GVSB's often melodic noise now, thanks to emo, exists less in weird isolation than it did, and the band seem to be headed dangerously close to getting what they deserve. If this means they must intermittently sound like Feeder, so be it.
  7. It seems now that the band is terrified of change, leaving them to rehash what their first five albums accomplished in lieu of actual progression.

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  1. joris
    Dec 11, 2004
    Basstation is overwhelming, so is the rest of the album