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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the experimental psychedelic rock duo of Les Claypool and Sean Lennon was self-produced.
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  • Record Label: ATO
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Neo-Prog
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 26, 2019
    85
    It’s challenging music, especially for newcomers to their sound. What makes the challenge rewarding is the elasticity of their work, giving the record a sense of scope that underpins the gonzo array of aesthetics they’ve sewn together here. South of Reality, ultimately, is a great album, but more importantly, it’s a great adventure.
  2. 80
    No one makes music quite like this pair. If Frank Zappa took drugs, this might be the result. The more you listen, the more you hear and if ever there was an album perfect for listening with headphones and the lights out, this is it.
  3. Feb 19, 2019
    80
    If the duo's satire sometimes seems cheap--the Tinder jibes on "Easily Charmed by Fools" are a little too easy--they make up for it through sheer good humor, which is why the playfulness of South of Reality charms instead of alienates.
  4. Uncut
    Feb 19, 2019
    80
    A meaty maximalist feast, richer and riper than its predecessor. [Mar 2019, p.27]
  5. Kerrang!
    Feb 21, 2019
    80
    The many moods of South Of Reality are both rewarding and unsettling, as if the music exists on shifting sands, and as the work of two wide and creative imaginations, it's tough to beat. [23 Feb 2019, p.55]
  6. 67
    Lyrics have never been the strongest part of either of their music, and this is no exception. But there’s enough skill and joy in this music to make the listening worthwhile, even if Lennon and Claypool can sound at times like the cranky, old uncles of psychedelic rock.
  7. Mojo
    Feb 19, 2019
    60
    You certainly feel stimulated, but as with those frenzied, uber-detailed set pieces on modern-day CGI animation movies, there's almost too much to process. [Mar 2019, p.91]
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  1. css
    Feb 22, 2019
    9
    Amazing album. Personally I find it better than Monolith, but just like the first album it is amazing how the two separate sounds have comeAmazing album. Personally I find it better than Monolith, but just like the first album it is amazing how the two separate sounds have come together. I feel like this album shows that this isn't (or shouldn't be) some temporary Claypool side project. This group is epic and it needs to continue. Expand