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  • Summary: The latest release from the Chicago-based psychedelic drone band is a compilation of rare songs originally released on EPs, singles, and cassettes.
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  1. Magnet
    Nov 12, 2014
    90
    On release, a collection of singles over the band's career, its stability takes these years-spanning pieces and forms them into coherence, it's also one of the year's best listens. [No. 115, p.55]
  2. Dec 9, 2014
    83
    Regardless of its wavering intent, though, even a CAVE compilation digs out a reasonably significant trench in underground music--one more deserving of attention than U2’s business practices or some producer’s first release in a decade.
  3. Nov 12, 2014
    70
    Collecting six years worth of different non-album tracks from 2007 to 2013, Release ties up loose ends for fans who can’t get a hold of all the separate 7” singles and mix tapes they first came out on. Beyond that, it can also serve as a fine primer for newcomers, capturing the breadth of CAVE’s shifting shapes without the extended lengths the four members occasionally push themselves to.
  4. Nov 12, 2014
    70
    Fortunately, as a collection of forgotten odds and ends, Release doesn't have to fall into line with the rest of their discography, though the fact that even their forgotten 4-track tapes and VHS masters work better as an album than some band's first choice material is a testament to Cave's songwriting prowess and stellar musicianship.
  5. Nov 12, 2014
    66
    Release is not Cave’s strongest record, but it’s not a bad entry point. An odds and ends compilation, it provides a clear picture of the group's evolution from free-form psych-noodling toward its more sublime and trance-inducing current incarnation.
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