Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Millions Now Living Will Never Die [Thrill Jockey, 1996] B-
  • TNT [Thrill Jockey, 1998] Neither
  • It's All Around You [Thrill Jockey, 2004] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Millions Now Living Will Never Die [Thrill Jockey, 1996]
Obviously not stupid, which I can understand means a lot to them after their troubled childhoods, these guys are the class of the American post-rock cough cough hack hack movement ptooey ptooey. But I would direct their attention to the British band Mark-Almond, a now forgotten jamming unit that achieved real sales and a measure of hip around the time they were born. Not that I necessarily think these "eclectic," consciously unspacy, all too unhurried soundscape improvisations are destined for the same degree of obscurity. Patterns of culture have changed, and in a boutique economy, this shit, like all other shit, is probably here to stay. Still, there are surer roads to posterity. Best moment: the lead bassline, lifted directly from "Poptones" (by PiL, kids). B-

TNT [Thrill Jockey, 1998] Neither

It's All Around You [Thrill Jockey, 2004] Dud