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5.0 out of 5 stars
Clutch, 27 Dec. 2002
This album may be considered an uncertain pleasure. It is, on one hand, one of only ten cd s I might pause to rescue if my house were on fire. On the other, the fact that there are only ten might indicate how rarely anything approaches true brilliance, and though half of this album might be considered soaring, raucous, balls-out emotional napalm, the other half lumbers like a wounded buffalo.
The problem may be that the record is over-polished – whilst later work, e.g. Jam Room, was excitingly unfinished, varied and relaxed, there seems to be a conscious conformity to many of the songs, which cause the record to hang together well, but can also become nagging.
All things considered, you gotta buy this album. Play it real loud. Then get your mates to buy it.