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Mandala

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My Lonesome Only Friend
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It's Only Another Parsec…
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Hope Is A Butterfly, No Net Its Captor…(The Virus Of Silence)
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Hearts That Hanker For Mistake
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Mientras La Veo Soñar
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March Of The Caterpillar
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White Lies
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Bury It Down Low
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Breakfast Cat
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Bled To Be Free (The Operation)
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Bring Our Children Home Or Everything Is Nothing
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 52:47

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Still pretty great

wiretrain

I had been waiting for this CD with great anticipation and while it is still among the best I have heard recently, perhaps my expectations were so great, given their prior releases, that they simply couldn't be met. This CD picks up where And the Battle Begun, with the horns receding further, the mathy guitars "mathier" and the pseudo-jazz freakouts freakier. This is really pretty progressive stuff. The problem for me is that the good old HOOKS are lacking a bit. This is probably my favorite band, and this is still a 5 star album, but it is a mild disappointment for me.

They Say All Music Guide

On their sixth studio album, the California ska-rockers have stripped down their sound, excising a few horns here and there, but retaining the buoyant feel of their previous work. And while the blue beat emerges on almost every track, the songs explode far beyond the simple upstroke-upstroke aesthetic. “Hope Is a Butterfly, No Net Its Captor, She Beats Her Wings and Softly Sings of Summer Scent and Children’s Laughter (Virus of Silence)” is as multifaceted a musical suite as the name suggests, reeling from proggy bombast to concise, pop-punk emoting to snaky reggae. “Bring Our Children Home or Everything Is Nothing” is a similarly complex vortex of sound that meshes galloping punk with Latin rhythms, driven by the prodigious drumming of Chris Tsagakis. The exploratory writing hits more than misses, on a set of songs that shiver with wit and moxie. – Paula Carino

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