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Old 08.14.2009, 08:18 AM   #21
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Old 08.14.2009, 10:00 PM   #22
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Good album. Has GREAT moments. Some not so much. I dunno. Didn't make a huge impression on me but it's better than Shapes, at least!

I hoped only that the album would be consistent with 'Beggar's Bowl'.

Much of the album drags in a middle-aged way, but a few songs feel driven by some mature musical reflection.

But yeah, it didn't do to me what Cor-Crane did to me.
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Old 08.14.2009, 11:09 PM   #23
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Would I be a heretic if I said I liked Shapes better?

Would I be a heretic if I said I thought Shapes was a good album? It's no masterpiece, but I like all of the songs on it. Yes, even Downtown Dedication in all of its bluesiness.

I don't see what the problem is with Shapes. It's no Exploded Drawing, Today's Active Lifestyles, Cor-Crane Secret, or Celebrate the New Dark Age, but it is still a very very good album.

It's not to them what Terror Twilight is to Pavement.


Although I'm thinking the reason that some of you guys hate Shapes is the same reason I'm hating In Prism. Just not what I was expecting at all. Maybe because I didn't think Shapes was all that bad or that big of a departure I had more narrow expectations, and since some of you think that Shapes was a huge departure you were more ready for anything.
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Old 08.14.2009, 11:11 PM   #24
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A heretic? No.

A hexen? Yes.
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Old 08.14.2009, 11:34 PM   #25
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Old 08.14.2009, 11:35 PM   #26
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Shapes sounds like a Polvo tribute band, with Jimi Hendrix tribute riffs.
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Old 08.15.2009, 12:27 AM   #27
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Would I be a heretic if I said I liked Shapes better?

Would I be a heretic if I said I thought Shapes was a good album?



Not at all. i like em' all, not equally of course.

I guess its natural for people to compare In Prism to their favorite Polvo record, but i think it should be listened to on its own merits, considering its over a decade since the last one.

It reminds me of Murray Street in a way bc its a little more naturally flowing and less experimental for the sake of it. I always thought of Murray as a start of a new era for SY and maybe this is too for an aged Polvo. I hope it is the beginning of a lot more Polvo albums!
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Old 08.15.2009, 12:53 AM   #28
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What's hard to swallow is that while it has some great fucking moments, it lacks a few things that led Polvo to becoming one of my favorite bands in the first place. It's far less rock and pop oriented than their other stuff. (The combination of pop hooks, driving rock rhythms, and guitar weirdness is what sucked me in.)

I think in time I'll grow to like it on its own merits though, as you said.
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Old 08.15.2009, 01:03 AM   #29
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It certainly doesn't sound twisted enough for my tastes. It's still a good album. I don't want to let my expectations cloud the fact that it's still a really written album. At least one of the guitars sounds completely in standard tuning throughout the whole thing. Not a bad thing, but certainly not what I listen to Polvo for, usually. (that was kinda my criticms with Shapes -- it was too normal! They're good songwriters, no matter what, but the bent/twisted/fucked-up quality of their music is what makes it appealing to me)
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Old 08.15.2009, 01:39 AM   #30
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It probably doesn't help that my right ear has been plugged up for the last few days, kind of dampering my musical enjoyment.

On some more listening Lucia and A Link in the Chain are definitely the best songs on the album.

I think it's just a different style of songwriting to be appreciated. A Link in the Chain is actually very Floydish (Echoes)
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Old 08.15.2009, 12:39 PM   #31
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I've listened to the album a few times, and it does have its highlights.

My problems with it lie in the production; Where's the bass? Sounds too produced, and not as raw as what Polvo usually (Not to mention should) sound like. The arrangements, while solid, aren't what we've come to expect from them, but hey, this is their first record in a while, let's cut 'em some slack and hope they do another record where they get their sound down again. All in all a fairly good record, if nothing mind blowing like what their other records were (Outside of Shapes).

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Old 08.15.2009, 01:30 PM   #32
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I have to agree - it's a little disapointing so far (i'll give it a few more goes) i'm also one of the few that kind of likes Shapes but it's strange though just how straightforward and layed back most of it is. and the moments it has are a bit too few and far between. I dont know.. might be being a bit harsh at this point. I think there's still 3 or 4 things i really like on it and i hope they keep going. but i'm really not sure on some of it.
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Old 08.15.2009, 11:04 PM   #33
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I dunno, I'm usually pretty harsh on here compared to most people but I'm actually digging this new record. Surprised me how good a lot of it is.
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Old 08.16.2009, 01:25 PM   #34
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What i like about too is that I can play it pretty much straight through and it holds my interest. There may be one or two that are eh, but it's still enjoyable to let the whole thing play.
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Old 08.17.2009, 10:15 AM   #35
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first song sounds like a stop-start dinosaur jr.
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first track off the album is possibly woeful...the est is ok with smatterings of brilliance..overall id give it a tin of tuna over a vingeary bag of chips(sorry french fries) rather than a old kettle which electrocutes you everytime you try and make tea...but not green tea...that shit will fry your brain.....
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no defense
but why do people still care about shitty bands from 1973
they reformed cuz they needed the money
not cuz the muzak is good
fuck them
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It's surprisingly good to my ears.
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Old 08.18.2009, 12:36 PM   #39
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no defense
but why do people still care about shitty bands from 1973
they reformed cuz they needed the money
not cuz the muzak is good
fuck them

Yes, since every band who ever reformed to release new music was definitely tanking it in, they most certainly had no interest what so ever making music that was enjoyable so their fans would respect it, not to mention maybe make money off of it. It was ALL for the money, without a doubt.

Moron. Have you ever heard their stuff? Calling them a "shitty band" probably tips us off that you haven't.

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