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Lots can happen in 22 years. Babies grow up, graduate college, start families. The onset of maturity is typically harder on rock bands. In 1972, the Stones released Exile on Main Street; by 1994, they were slumming in Voodoo Lounge. So it comes as a terrific surprise that Boston punk experimentalists Mission of Burma, who split shortly after 1982's Vs., sound as cutting edge as ever on this reunion disc. Opener "The Setup" features a midsection that sounds more like a jar of buzzing bees than any conventional solo, thanks to tape manipulator Bob Weston (borrowed from Shellac) putting guitarist Roger Miller through a barrage of effects. On a quieter note, the seductive "Falling" features backing vocals by Tonya Donnelly, while somber strings underscore "Prepared." Through it all, Burma still boast unerring melodic sensibilities; "The Enthusiast" and "Wounded World" are rife with sharp hooks. ONoffON was a long time coming, but well worth the wait. --Kurt B. Reighley
Burma are quite simply my favourite rock band. It genuinely aggrieves me that I cannot buy a real copy of VS anywhere, as that, along with the first EP and single, are recordings... Read morePublished on September 11, 2007 by Mr. D. A. Goy
I don't know how many times it can be said: on "Onoffon," Mission of Burma sounds as vital and intense as they did in 1983, an amazing feat for a band who hasn't recorded together... Read morePublished on September 13, 2005 by Just Zach
An old Boston friend wrote me an email in late 2001 to tell me that Mission of Burma was reuniting after a 2 decade hiatus. The news ruined my day. Read morePublished on January 19, 2005 by Gavin B.
Bands that reunite after 20 plus years aren't supposed to sound like this. On OnOffOn, Mission Of Burma sound like they've unleashed a lost record from 1983. Read morePublished on December 18, 2004 by Paul H.
Due to the ear problems of Roger Miller (tinnitus), Mission of Burma called it quits in 1983 after releasing only one EP and one album (the brilliant Signals Calls and Marches and... Read morePublished on July 2, 2004 by K. Bentley
First of all, I was extremely excited to see that they reunited. I was even more excited to see that they've been touring. Read morePublished on July 2, 2004 by P. E. FrogMaN
I am glad the Mission of Burma is back. The dynamic and tension is still there, and the songwriting is excellent. A fine return from a band oft-forgotten.Published on June 24, 2004 by Scott Fendley