Hall of Fame's self-titled, 1996 debut introduces their occasionally harsh but compelling brand of lo-fi experimental rock, which spans prickly instrumentals like "Nevada II" and the naïve yet slightly spooky "One Little Too Little." Swarms of brittle, atonal guitars buzz over a vaguely Stooges-inspired beat on "I Woke up Today," the closest thing to a rock song on Hall of Fame, and on the barely controlled chaos of "'78 Expansion," which manages to balance several layers of noise without actually becoming noisy. As with all of their work, Hall of Fame packs a lot of sounds and ideas into relatively short songs; the longest, "And Now an Etiquette Supervision," is only just over six minutes long, which is relatively restrained for the kind of music the band makes. Though their later albums are a better testament to their talent, Hall of Fame's promise shines through on most of the tracks here, especially the brooding "Blonde Haired Girls" and "All Fall Down."
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares