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The Brian Jonestown Massacre
…And This is Our Music
Tee Pee Records

It’s great to easily slip into an album and enjoy the way it unfolds — it’s nice, comfortable and pleasing, but there should be more to music than this. The best music begs something more of its listeners because so much was demanded of the artist in its creation. The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s latest album is entertaining, but falls short because the band asks so little of itself in showing their listeners what their music is all about.

One can easily be carried away by a really great groove, sonic wave or noodling guitar so many times during this CD, but such moments often smack of other songs or musicians. Unfortunately, these songs/musicians were of a far more accomplished and creative ilk. This CD’s “best” is merely the recycled ideas of others. Often the music reflects aspects of The Kinks, The Flaming Lips and Beck, but The BJM fails to push the music further. Because of this, Music can be considered good only in the most banal sense. It’s a shame, really, because the band seems so capable of being truly exceptional.

—Jeremy Shaw



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