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  • Summary: The third full-length release for Thomas Fec as Tobacco is his first on the Ghostly label.
  • Record Label: Ghostly International
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Noise Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. May 13, 2014
    80
    Another subtle evolution of Fec’s homogenous sound palette, Ultima II Massage is a reason to keep you coming back 11 years into his career to witness him experiment with his inimitable aesthetic.
  2. May 12, 2014
    80
    Ultima II Massage is a uniquely Black Moth and Tobacco experience to be sure, and anyone who's been exposed to their odd and wonderful world in the past will find this album to be among the best things to come out of it.
  3. May 15, 2014
    75
    It's challenging, and it does get a little repetitive, but it's a grand ambition and one that Fec mostly pulls off.
  4. 70
    Tobacco has done a fine job of crafting tracks which are different enough so as to not all blend together.
  5. May 14, 2014
    70
    Not exactly a massage, but a wind-down from the tumult that is Ultima II Massage.
  6. May 12, 2014
    70
    Ultima II Massage marks a fresh direction for this always-challenging supervillain.
  7. 58
    Some of the harshness seems a little forced.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. May 16, 2014
    9
    Every track sounds broken. Gloriously broken. I've been a fan of Tobacco/BMSR for years, and have never heard anything quite like this. It'sEvery track sounds broken. Gloriously broken. I've been a fan of Tobacco/BMSR for years, and have never heard anything quite like this. It's quite good. Expand
  2. May 13, 2014
    2
    This album is the epitome of an artist that is regressing in his work. As a fan of Tobacco's previous LPs, this one doesn't live up to myThis album is the epitome of an artist that is regressing in his work. As a fan of Tobacco's previous LPs, this one doesn't live up to my expectations at all. It's a dull, lethargic, half-hearted attempt that leaves me disappointed and completely unfulfilled. Expand