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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hydra Head Records
  • ASIN: B0017R5UAK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After releasing several albums in the 90s, Harvey Milk are celebrating their own renaissance by lauding the virtues of "Life...The Best Game In Town". Spearheaded by the alternately burly and angelic vocal stylings of Milk mastermind Creston Spiers, "Life" is both tumultuous and grueling, resonating with the glorious slow-motion radiance of Total Dirge Power. They've since been joined by Thrones legend Joe Preston.

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"...cult favorite Harvey Milk was responsible for some of the slowest, heaviest, and most uncompromising rock music created in the latter half of the 90s" --All Music Guide

"Combining the aesthetics of Earth and Melvins and Sabbath and Swans and goth and tectonic plates shifting..." --Econoculture

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Harrison on September 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Harvey Milk broke the mold for sludge in the 90s, combining equal parts feedback, empty sonic space, impossibly slow yet complex rhythms, and oppressively detuned riffs to create a couple of incredible albums and a cache of impossible to find and rabidly sought after vinyl singles.

Now their second album since reforming sees the next step in their evolution.

This album, no hyperbole, simply has it all : progressive razor sharp rhythms (Death Goes to the Winner), ascending anthemic rock with twin harmony guitar leads (Roses), off kilter pirouetting sludge (Skull Socks and Rope Shoes), and a handful of pedal to the metal jams (After All I've Done..., Maelstrom of Bad Decisions, Barn Burner, and a cover of Fear's We Destroy the Family).

Of course, they include their usual signature sludgy blues based dirges. The disarmingly mellow Motown, Decades, and the disk ending Goodbye Blues find the Milk doing what they do best - slowing it down, stretching it out, giving Creston's pained, choking wail and blistering blues leads room to fill the deep dark hole it feels you've slowly been lowered into over the course of the album.

This is an older, more finely tuned Harvey Milk - one the still bears the scars of its early years, but whose sound belies a smarter, wiser, more efficient beast.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Helm III on June 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Harvey Milk dwell outside the bubble, where the air is poisonous and thoroughly intoxicating. This record rules.
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11 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mordikai Crump on June 3, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Something happens where nothing was before. It perhaps sounds like Thelonious Monk's introduction to Misterioso, and this something is the ontological rift: the birth of being. It keeps going, the universe unfolds and folds in on itself presenting a self reflexive consciousness, and awareness of being: this is the primal throes of what you do when you realize you are: you scream: your truth of being is a violent tear in the cosmic fabric of universe. The first thing you know... Uncle Jed's a millionare.
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