Just the second Levitation EP, and already the cracks are showing. The After Ever suffers from a tendency towards overproduction that would increasingly dog the band over the course of subsequent efforts. Case in point: the hypnotic opener "Firefly," its dense, intoxicating melody is hopelessly marred by shrill guitar feedback. "Attached" is subtler, but it reveals none of the unexpected twists and turns common to Terry Bickers' strongest songs -- it feels like filler, and it's the only song from either of Levitation's first two EPs not later reprised on the full-length Coterie collection. Closing out the set is "Bedlam," far and away the most compelling track here -- a nine-minute psychedelic epic that occasionally veers uncomfortably close to melodrama, but as a work of sculptured sound it's undeniably potent.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny