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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the lead singer of ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead was written partially while on tour and traveling through Cambodia.
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  1. Mojo
    Jan 20, 2016
    80
    It's pleasingly dizzying, yet curiously coherent. [Feb 2016, p.98]
  2. Q Magazine
    Jan 20, 2016
    80
    What sounds antagonistic in premise actually proves to be a brilliant odyssey through the eclectic backwaters of Keely's imagination. [Feb 2016, p.112]
  3. 70
    This album reflects its maker--a restless spirit that now and then stumbles on something special.
  4. Jan 22, 2016
    60
    On the whole, it all helps to convey the peripatetic atmosphere that flows through these two dozen tunes. At the same time, it means the album feels less complete and whole than most ...Trail Of Dead records, but there are moments, such as closer Before The Swim, where it shines bold and bright.
  5. Jan 28, 2016
    57
    The ephemerality of Original Machines assures that Keely never gets bogged down in any bad ideas, but often times, those are his most interesting ideas.
  6. Jan 20, 2016
    55
    You could view these 24 tracks as value for money but Original Machines is an overwhelming and inconsistent listen; less a professionally-minded album, per se, than a sheer outpouring of the entire Keely vault.
  7. Kerrang!
    Jan 20, 2016
    40
    You can hear where he's heading with ideas, but, for the most part, these are more sketches than fully-formed songs. [16 Jan 2016, p.52]

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