eMusic Review 0
Intricate and complicated: those two words that spring to mind when listening to the third record from DC duo the Medications. Made up this time of only Devin Ocampo (ex-Smart Went Crazy) and Chad Molter (ex-Faraquet) after the departure of drummer Andy Becker, The Medications turn their attention toward constructing an elaborate, often beautiful, latticework of guitars. On paper, this sounds heady and dry, but the results are anything but: "Long Day" practically skips along, bright, bounding, staccato notes tripping over off-kilter percussion. "We Could Be Others" practically hurtles forward, ramrodding guitar riffs stopping short for quick, crystalline runs. There's an energy and intensity to the songs on Completely Removed that's hard to deny — it's a tautly constructed, gently vibrating masterpiece.