If most bands take an "us against the world" attitude when they begin, by the time things get ugly and tension is at an all-time high, the dynamic undoubtedly turns inward. Such is the case with Cat on Form, the U.K. band who unraveled in a Philadelphia recording studio in the spring of 2004 after writing this EP, as folklore would tell it, in a lakeside cabin somewhere on the outskirts of Washington D.C. The results are raw, cathartic and downright miserable, from the redundant opener "More Escapism" -- which begins with good intentions and quickly heads south -- to the 20-minute wank-off "Mouths and Minds." If the latter manages to extract all of Sonic Youth's worst qualities and gather them together into an artless, steaming pile of cacophony, all one can really deem of A Blanket Over Your Eyes is that it is as intense as it is intensely boring. Four live tracks from the band's farewell gig in Brighton England fare no better or worse. The title of one of the studio tracks "Sad for Sale" kind of sums it all up. Advice: Hold on to your dough.
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AllMusic Review by John D. Luerssen