On You Must First Learn to Draw the Reel, Gravitar free their guitars and let the drums do the fighting. Expanding upon the more subtle moods hinted at on Now the Road of Knives, Geoff and Mike Walker's six-strings are eerily lush and expansive. Notes nourish each other in constant growth, painting haunted, ethereal sonic visions that are flighty and evolving. It is up to Eric Cook, on drums, to propel Gravitar's trademark tension, and he does so with manic vigor; the intensity of "U.R.R."'s eight-minute jazz-drum workout is doomed to understatement. Harsh, effect-ridden vocals also weave in and out of Reel's abstract playland, a place where dub, jazz, and the Stones mingle freely, loudly, and amorphously. More cerebral than Now the Road of Knives, yet equally visceral, You Must First Learn to Draw the Reel quite simply expands the possibilities.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Kantor