Pond

Rock Collection

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Rock Collection, the third offering from Portland three-piece Pond, was released In 1997. It followed two releases on Sub Pop, but their debut major-label album doesn't find lead singer Charlie Campbell and his mates toning down their aggressive, riff-heavy brand of rock. Comparable to fellow Pacific Northwestern acts like Screaming Trees, Pond shows both diversity and a fine sense of dynamics as on "You're Not an Astronaut," which starts softly before kicking in with a full-scale wave of sonic ballistics. The lyrics are often tinged with regret, but the sheer force of tracks like "Spokes," "Twins," and the gorgeous harmonies on "One Day in the Future" keep Rock Collection from descending into a depressing morass. Instead, Pond has delivered an album of great power and gloriously loud beauty.

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