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Repetition is without question the most sleek and mood-encompassing album Unwound has released throughout the breadth of their career. Much of the familiar style they established on New Plastic Ideas is here, boiled down into an even more dark and thundering form, with some of the edges sanded down into beautiful, smooth layers. Ideas focus into sharp points, at one moment falling into swelling rolls of condensed sound and the next climaxing with Justin Trosper's affecting shriek and relentless feedback. This album will prove to merely hint at the direction the band would head on the even more thickly produced, but somehow less effective Challenge for a Civilized Society. Fresh Unwound listeners would be most pleased starting here; likewise, those already obsessed with the band will find this album quite fulfilling.

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