on 1 February 2001
This album is so close to what I have been looking for ever since I first heard At the Drive-in. This album shows that Bluetip do what ATDi do, but more so: more interesting rhythms, more great clashing guitar chords and more fantastic, unfathomable, leading basslines. Polymer is such a great opening track with a great hook. Other songs which shine out are Don't Punch Your Friend and New Shoe Premonition. But don't expect an easy listen - it took me a week of wondering whether the album was too jangly before I realised it's true brilliance. This record proves that the truly great albums are those which sneak into your head under the cover of dark and then, with your defences lowered, install themselves and become addictively playable.
on 6 January 2002
Nothing else I heard in 2000 combines brain and brawn so successfully. Beautifully chiming guitars go off in odd directions but always return to memorable choruses. Tension and passion ensure that the complexities here never degenerate into meandering prog. I found this filed under "punk and hardcore" (presumably because it is on Dischord) but it is much more interesting than that. The lyrics are a bit pessimistic in places but the music more than compensates, and the singer's voice is quite pleasant. A very rough description would be an "arty" band such as Magazine crossed with something much heavier, or a much less conventional Foo Fighters.
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on 16 March 2002
This is a special little pie, with all the makings of being one of the best CDs I've got of a band named after part of a pool cue. A second close to 'Woodenhandle', and just before the legendary 'Rubber-end-it's-funny-to-use-sometimes'.
I got the CD before this (Join Us) before I got this. That CD is good, but this oner is a bit better because it's even more of their quirky and quite often unsettling sound than before. Their last release was oft compared to 'Helmet' and the like, but I think this is unfair. I would say that it sounded more like other bands named after parts of bodily armour, like Sacramento's classic 'Chain-mail', or Suffolk's rock stalwarts 'Chin-strap'.
Anyway, it's good, and if you liked Fugazi, or Lungfish, or even Foo Fighters or Kerbdog, you may well do worse than buy this.