March 08, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it an A-

Proof rock can be simultaneously heavy and stratospheric, this former indie outfit from Austin focus their trademark chaos and move beyond a long-standing Sonic Youth fixation on their third LP. Hardcore punk outbursts alternate with art-rock feedback flights and dreamy bits of melody that somehow fuse into a coherent, often spectacular, album. If this is the new major-label rock, things are looking up.

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