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In Prism

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 8, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 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: #151,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stargrazer on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By neva on September 25, 2009
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew P. Schmidt on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duane Healing on 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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Like most great albums, this takes a few spins before all of the songs open to you. At least that was my experience. I was immediately turned on by "A Link In The Chain" and "Beggar's Bowl." Then my band went on a weeklong tour and somewhere between Findlay, OH and Kalamazoo, MI, we left the album on repeat for a while and I fell in love with every song.

It's up there with some of the greatest albums ever made. I feel awe when I immerse myself in it. Awe and reverence. I am grateful that this kind of beauty can manifest in the world. It's brilliance cannot be overstated.

Other reviewers have mentioned that there are issues with the recording. I concur but I want to clarify what's 'wrong' with it.

There is really only one major issue on the mix-level and that is that the drums "pump." It's worse on some songs than others. And it's most noticeable when the ride cymbal and open hi-hat is being played at the same time as the snare drum (technically because the ride cymbal and open hi-hat have much longer decay times than a closed hi-hat). When one is applying compression to the whole drum mix (buss compression), the compression will engage on the loudest parts, the peaks, and those are typically the snare drum and kick drum hits. If the release time is set improperly, one can hear the compressor letting up or releasing after a peak. It creates minute volume changes on the ride cymbal or open hi-hat; specifically, the ride cymbal drops during snare hits and then quickly rises right afterwards. On a rock recording, compression is almost always supposed to be transparent. When it creates audible effects, it makes the recording sound unnatural and thus displeasing.

There is also an EQ issue on the mastering level.
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By JuRo on September 24, 2010
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I would agree with another reviewer that this album does grow on you like crazy. All of the songs are great some of polvo's best. However, the recording is just awful. As a recording engineer, I can't belive this record would make it to press like this. For about 90% of the album the vocals are mixed so insanely low that you're constantly struggling to hear them. The recording overall has far too much compression on it which causes the drums to constantly swell and pulsate everytime a cymbal is hit. The hi hats are the loudest thing on the recording for much of the record. Not like Polvo were ever known for their great recording production, but at least the older records were mixed properly. It's a real shame since this could be a great album, but makes it just okay. The good stuff is that the guitar work is awesome, a total guitar album. The new drummer sounds good too, but would sound better if the drums were recorded better. In this day and age were recording gear is so cheap and availible, nobody should ever have a recording that sounds like this.

I love the album, hate the recording.
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One of my favorite bands of all time came back from the netherworld to make their most polished album ever. Polvo was a great band: always rocking, occasionally haunting, frequently jarring. No one could play as beautifully out of tune as they could.

Then, in 1997, it was sadly over. No more exquisite noise.

Now, twelve years later they are back, and as good as ever, maybe better. In Prism may not be their best album; I'll wait a couple of years to make that judgment. But it is their most refined and accessible record, and doesn't sacrifice too much of the odd tonality that makes them unique. There is not a bad song here, and Beggar's Bowl is as great as Tilebreaker, which is saying a lot. I say to Polvo, "More please." You belong in the pantheon with King Crimson, may you last as long.
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