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In Prism

PolvoAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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"Polvo is still doing what they do best" —Under the Radar

"Replete with intricate rhythmic changes, buzzed-out, melodic guitars, and aggressive, lo-fi vocals, the track recalls Polvo’s earlier material, and rocks pretty hard." —Stereogum, "Total Immersion"

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  • Audio CD (September 8, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B002H3ETKA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,082 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In Prism is the best Polvo record even before you get to the majestic "A Link in the Chain," serene and tempestuous like few other things you'll hear. The album was recorded with Brian Paulson and Polvo has never sounded better. Polvo spent 1990 98 giving voice to a chorus of discrete rock & roll ideas that really hadn't been heard before. While there was nothing wrong before, it's now so much more right perhaps because after ten years, after other bands and and their tours and records and worries (if they had any), none of the peripheral stuff matters anymore. --- Mike Wolf, NYC, 6/09

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I was just daydreaming about this band reuniting! September 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD
It's good to have Polvo back. I had just been having my own Polvo listening revival when I heard the announcement that "In Prism" was being recorded. While the arc of "Shapes" and "This Eclipse" is interrupted by 12 years, they have picked up the scattered shards and reassembled them admirably -- if not where they left off, at least in a seemingly very focused place.

"In Prism" is a passionate record, heavier and with knottier guitars than the often detuned mystical mathy-ness of Polvo's past work on Touch and Go Records. "In Prism" is even a little less angular, riding grooves longer than records like "Exploded Drawing" or "Celebrate The New Dark Age" would have. While some of the intricacy going on is dominated (and thereby sacrificed) by the thickly-mixed guitars and drums, this is still a great record from a highly underrated band.

The unusual guitar interplay is still very present, you just have to listen a little harder for it underneath their newly energized, trademark slippery riffs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best yet! September 25, 2009
By neva
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I've bought all albums by POLVO thoughout the years and believe this one is their best achievement by far. Some of the tracks subtly allude to sounds and arrangements previously heard but that does not curb creativity from the band and excitement for the fan. I particularly enjoyed the guitars and the work on drums. Their reunion, after such a long silence, was really worth it. A mighty comeback.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whaddya think? September 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album is sick. I can't stand it, it is so good. Water, in a wasteland. Seriously, I have been starving for this; Jesus in a desert, and that's all you'll ever hear me say, ever, in that vein. Give me more -- I can't stand it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their finest work yet March 21, 2010
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I've been listening to this for a while now and, as hard as it is for me to believe, it has dethroned "Celebrate the New Dark Age" as Polvo's finest work. The hard-hitting angular momentum of "Beggar's Bowl" and the lush dreamscape of "A Link in the Chain" are probably the two standouts for me, but the whole thing is epic. I'm really pleased that Polvo is back on the scene and this album proves that they still had their best work ahead of them at the time of their prior demise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phased sitars, swelling hooks, hand claps.... September 9, 2009
By Jason I
Format:Audio CD
This is without a doubt polvo's best record since Celebrate The New Dark Age.
If your're a fan you need this now, if not, you should be after hearing it. Beggar's Bowl Is the standout track, it's like a freight train full of dynamite and you're standing on the tracks. The band is tight as ever, and writing better than ever. Do yourself a favor and check these guys out live this year if you can. The new songs sound even more amazing live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ranks With Their Best Work February 13, 2010
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This record really grows on you with time. I liked it from the moment I heard it, but my appreciation grows with each listen. At this point, it probably ranks as my second favorite Polvo record, after their Celebrate the New Dark Age EP.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, this already has 5 stars??? January 4, 2014
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Just making sure.

Just like Siberia, this also is an amazing and perfect recording of sound frequencies.

Hope to hear the follow up to Siberia and in Prism soon.

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