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The Mirror Explodes

The Warlocks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tee Pee Records
  • ASIN: B001W9SYCO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Love 'em, but when will this come down end? 21 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
God i love the Warlocks. From the first time i heard the album "pheonix" i was hooked.
There back catalogue is full of highs (in every sense of the word). They mix rock/pop/psych so beautifuly to create all sorts of different moods and sounds that leave you wanting more.
There previous album "heavy deavy skull lover" was a step away from the lighter sound of this band and you sensed they were moving into darker teritory. Its no secret that the warlocks are drenched in drugs (songs with names like "the dope feels good" is probably proof enough), so if there first 3 albums were coming up, there last 2 long players are very much on the come down.
The unfortunate thing is, who really wants to listen to the sounds of someone coming down from a 10 yr drug binge? Well, i do - but only when its done well and it pains me to say it but this is a dip in form.

The mirror explodes is somewhat of a slow burning dirge that very rarely does anything other than just that - slowly trudge along in a semi concious haze that leaves you feeling claustrophobic and gasping for air.
Album opener and lead single - red camera - promises alot but doesnt go anywhere. Instead, it falls flat at the chorus and the album continues in a similar vein. The highs arent high enough and the come downs are starting to out weigh everything else....
Album highlight "frequency meltdown" gives us some rest bite in the form of a 6 min instrumental jam that builds and builds into a wonderful blend of fuzz, guitar and pounding drums that reminded me why i love this band.

If you have never listend to the Warlcoks before I hope this review hasnt put you off what is a great band. I recomend checking out Pheonix first - its probably there most accesable and most rounded album to date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "There is a formula for your despair": it sounds like this 28 Jun 2009
By John L Murphy - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Preceded by "Heavy Deavy Skull Lover," this continues a second, howling dark, wind for the band. The peaks of HDSL may not be scaled here, but it's a torrential, forlorn trek through the highs and lows of desolation. Terrain shared by the Velvet Underground once, The Black Angels now, and a place the Warlocks know well.

The darker neo-psychedelic sound's gained a revival, the shards of what used to be post-punk-alternative slicing into My Bloody Valentine's renewal of the overdriven drone assault. The songs here, shorter than some on HDSL that by their epic length pulverized you into submission, tend towards more mid-tempo. They reveal little light among the shadows, but since they lack the crushing opacity of heavier stoner rock, they prove more accessible for listeners who may seek a modern continuation-- as in the name of the band itself-- that nods to the Velvet Underground and the past forty years of those who've followed, mixing psychedelic dirges with a post-punk intensity and a pared-down efficiency in pace.

Like fellow Angelenos in Darker My Love, The Warlocks favor the middle ground between revival and experimentation of this genre. Vocals enter the mix to add texture, and the layered accretion of song structures take time to grow. This can be seen on "Red," which adds a Jesus & Mary Chain amble to the percussive base typical for the songs. "Midnight" turns ominous, with more MBV-type of sustain lurking effectively. "Slowly" combines measured grimness with steady depth of beats over buzzy patterns repeating. Repetition continues with "There is a Formula to Your Despair," which serves well not only as a motto for the band's intentions, but a quiet reminder of the Velvets' melancholy.

"Wait" moves more glacially; "Frequency" quickens into a welcome, confident swagger that should play great as a live track, with a more open-ended feel-- this song could have been extended best into similar tracks on HDSL. "Static" closes humbly, with grace and poise, and a sense of yearning that fits this recording well.

It's compact, mournful, and organized, avoiding the excess and posturing of so many stoner rock bands, while staying clear of imitation or derivation. The bands I've named to compare The Warlocks with do not mean the band copies their sound, but the band adds their own understanding of how elements that prove durable in past psychedelia and post-punk continue to inspire today. (I've also reviewed HDSL here.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! 16 Jun 2009
By Alan Riva - Published on
Format:Audio CD
It is a true gift to get lots and lots of mileage using just a few chords etc. In fact, I think it is more difficult to do that than use a musical palette with lots of notes, chord changes etc.

The sound and attitude is what really makes this group (this release and the last) shine. Some groups can be very boring with a few chords. Some can "own" them. This group does that.

I won't go into each track. I do know that their fan base (based on reviews here) seem to prefer their earlier works. I disagree. I don't think they had the same distinction as these last two releases have.
They were pleasant enough (you can tap your foot and hum along), but they didn't grab me. They were similiar to the endless releases by endless groups. Okay, but nothing really special.

These last two releases are Excellent. I really hope they get the appreciation and recognition they deserve!
2.0 out of 5 stars Could be better 21 Oct 2013
By Brett - Published on
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Not close to being a good as Surgery... Very slow moving and never meets expectations. I think the lyrics are minimal, which can be okay, but in this case seem lazy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 8 Sep 2014
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1.0 out of 5 stars *NOT* the Grateful Dead 30 Aug 2010
By Doc - Published on
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who think this might be a release of some old Warlocks studio songs (a la The Emergency Crew), boy, are you in for a disappointment!
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