I got this album back in the days on the basis that I was buying a lot of indie/drone/noise and it was of a similar vein, but new in that it touched both on Loop, Sonic Youth with a bit of dance/electronica thrown in.
Some of it lapses into predictable but pleasant indie-droneish guitar stuff, and the closer 'Christmas Song' is in my view unlistenable to, but the opening track 'One More' is a stunning example of what could be achieved once these bands ignored any agreed limits, with a long white-noise intro giving way to a creeping drumbeat and then such a thick wah-wah laden wall of guitar sound it could hold up a building. A seemingly dispassionate vocal, which i've always assumed is ironic rather than serious, adds to one of the great slab-of-sound tracks produced in that era, along with Spacemen Three's 'Suicide' and Loop's 'Be Here Now'.
Other great tracks are the singles 'Five' and 'Aruca', the latter of which is a great indie-dance track which really should have done better.
During the early 'nineties, there was a fashion among indie bands for ripping off My Bloody Valentine. Medicine more or less missed this boat, emerging just as the grunge thing was starting to break big, and are further distinguished from their peers by the fact that this album is better than anything MBV ever recorded. Unlike, say, Ride or Slowdive, the pop elements of the record don't rob it of any of its raw, visceral impact. I bought this album when it first came out, loved it then, and still love it now, and I've always been a little disappointed that nobody else seems to have bothered. If you like guitar feedback, pretty melodies and ugly noises, you can't do any better than this record.
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