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Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the Australian psychedelic rock band was self-produced.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 4, 2021
    A richly dense experience that also channels syncopated avant-pop, semi-symphonic prog and luxuriant soft-rock. [Sep 2021, p.74]
  2. Oct 4, 2021
    Among its mix of roistering anthems and melodramatic balladry, ‘9’ exudes a supple confidence throughout, engaging in some of the most enthralling Australian psychedelia to emerge from 2021 (of which there is plenty).
  3. It’s a lot to take in, but the compact and well-executed transitions make sense of the chaos.
  4. Uncut
    Oct 4, 2021
    After reaching for Bowie-esque grandeur on the opening "Song For Agnes," they lock into an INXS-style chromium-funk groove on "America's Cup" and reimagine The Clash as a synth-punk band on the speed-burner "Human Touch." [Nov 2021, p.32]
  5. 70
    It’s not all perfect - “Czech Locomotive” and “Toast” drag - but this is a refreshing and genuinely engaging album.
  6. Oct 4, 2021
    Too many of the songs fail to deliver the mind blowing moments that the band have been capable of in the past.
  7. Oct 4, 2021
    Unfortunately, the biggest misses are at the heart of the album, as the over-long and manic “Pink Lunettes” is crazed from a bad drug trip or just 18 months cooped up, pin-balling around searching for meaning with grating lyrics. ... The finale recalls the opener with a swirling mix of electro, longing, and strings, pedal-affected guitars and keyboards, doing an admirable job recalling the best of Pink Floyd but skewed through a modern filter, bookending the shaky 9 on an exhilarating note.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 6, 2021
    Quite possibly the best album of 2021 and perhaps even Pond's best album yet. Packed to the brim with memorable hooks, lyrics, and musicalQuite possibly the best album of 2021 and perhaps even Pond's best album yet. Packed to the brim with memorable hooks, lyrics, and musical flourishes in an often-times fittingly grandeur way, all masterfully mixed and produced by the band itself. A slice of psych-pop/rock perfection. Expand
  2. Oct 6, 2021
    Bops front to back they've really come into a well produced groovy sound! And the drums go hard
  3. Oct 8, 2021
    Great album by Pond element dance and psycodelic rock with various sound densities, rock for the dancefloors.