Good Vibrations/No Expectations is All Time Present's first "official" CD (a self-titled CD-R was released the previous year). Three electric guitars plus two drummers equals noise rock-based free improvisation. Something like a cross between Derek Bailey's The Sign of 4 and Thurston Moore's more experimental projects, the music of this quintet is of the "here-and-now" category: visceral, immediate, and quickly forgotten. Not "forgettable," forgotten: the free form of these pieces allows fast decay in the listener's memory and the possibility to rediscover them the next time. The eight untitled improvs explore a vast range of emotions and textures, from the almost bluesy opener to the noise fabric of track three. This CD should help guitarist Chris Forsyth establish a name for himself, since this project is much stronger than his duo CD with Ernesto Diaz-Infante or his work with N.Y.C.'s W.O.O. Revelator. Some pieces showcase only the guitar trio, but the best ones are those including percussionists David Gould and Toshi Makihara -- the five of them produce what could be termed as "controlled sonic mayhem." Fans of guitar-based free form should devote some attention to this release. It's worth it. Recommended.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture