zoosleuth wrote:I definitely thought the pitchfork review missed the point and seemed cursory to me. I feel like this album is these guys at the top of their game saying, "Yup this is where we've been but now check out how many places we have yet to go." Great point about "Better Angels", which I think is a terrific example of this idea. While it has some familiar sounds, I hear a lot of new things on this record. The groove of Ape Like could have been on "Star Above the Manger" or "Roomsound" but the vocal harmonies at the end, and the call and response melodies with the guitars and what I believe is an Optigan, are from a much more melodic place. "Evidence" "Krill" "Lunar H" are totally new territory in my opinion. This record covers a lot of sonic ground.
I've had a hard time putting it down. At times I've felt like when I'm listening to something else that it was a forced decision. That's another thing about Califone records that I love though. I never get sick of them. I usually discover some new little sound that I never noticed before, or the lyrics strike me in a different way based on the weather or my surroundings.
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