Michael Endelman
July 15, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

EW reviews two albums produced by Lanois

An odd couple for sure, but the latest albums by Canadian producer Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan) — Belladonna — and underground-metal quartet Pelican — The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw — actually make a natural pair: Airy, impressionistic instrumental rock is their game. Lanois’ modest 13-track CD pairs Brian Eno-style ambient sketches with a dusky country tinge, like the closing music for a very sad rodeo. Pelican lies at the other end of the decibel spectrum, cranking out sludgy metal epics that methodically rise into towering pyramids of sound, then slowly disassemble, leaving ghostly traces in the ether. Both: B

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