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Pace Is Glacial
Pace Is Glacial
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
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Finally following up 1995's Are You Driving Me Crazy?, Sooyoung Park and his band of sensual feedback lovers return with The Pace is Glacial. The disc is reminiscent of Big Star's seminal #1 Record, starting out with zesty...  more »


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All Artists: Seam
Title: Pace Is Glacial
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Touch & Go Records
Original Release Date: 9/29/1998
Release Date: 9/29/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Style: Experimental Music
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 036172087525, 036172087518

Finally following up 1995's Are You Driving Me Crazy?, Sooyoung Park and his band of sensual feedback lovers return with The Pace is Glacial. The disc is reminiscent of Big Star's seminal #1 Record, starting out with zesty nuggets of guitar crunch before settling into a more somber, yearning mood by album's end. Like their friends in the Dambuilders and Superchunk, Seam know how to write a guitar hook that's disorienting on first listen, pleasant on the second, and downright addictive from the third. Park has finally conquered the dark atonal sounds of his previous outfit, the semilegendary Bitch Magnet, opting for lonely-boy emocore with a heart as big as his fretboard. Curiously titled tracks like "Little Chang, Big City" and "Intifada Driving School" live up to their enigma, scraping lush but loud sparks from stereophonic granite. Glacial or not, Pace is steady enough to win the race. --Jason Josephes

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Justin Baumgartner | 08/19/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Pace Is Glacial is no match for the awesome The Problem With Me, but still a slightly-above average Seam album blows away most music I hear these days. Not every track on this album works, but when it does work, it gets it all right. Of particular note are "Get Higher", probably the most upbeat song on here, and "Inching Towards Juarez", a great quiet number that ever-so-slowly builds up its intensity. I've noticed on this album a move towards a more minimalist, quiet sound than in the past. But instead of losing their identity or getting boring, Seam is still, well, Seam. And while it often seems quite simple on the surface, there's more to it than you think. Not my favorite, but the more I play this album, the more I like it."
Justin Baumgartner | 08/27/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"its the best album i've bought in the last year. seam isn't the kind of band where you listen to one of their songs once and you get hooked (unless you've seen them live). especially if you haven't been very invested in the indie rock scene, as i notice many seam buyers are kinda outside the circle of indie rock. well, this is a good place to start. favorite tracks of mine include include, "little chang, big city", "get higher", "intifada driving school", "nisei fight song", and "the prizefighters" (sup with the violence theme?). all excellent. buy this album. listen to it a couple times. listen to the lyrics. sooyoung is this incredibly gifted writer/singer, a genius/nerd/punk/intellectual's rebel with a telecaster in a rock band. give him a chance, and he'll blow you away.the only reason i'm giving it four stars instead of five is because that would diminish how much i value their previous masterpiece, "are you driving me crazy". this album is less low-fi. its more polished. "pace is glacial", ironically, kinda picks up the pace from the last album. aydmc really defined the genre of "slowcore" in post-punk music. but the last album was more deeply personal for sooyoung, and it shows. this album gets personal as well, but in a far less direct way. its sooyoung singing through the eyes of another person, rather than himself, which he does magnificently mind you, but it cannot grasp the intense personal nature of aydmc. both "aydmc" and "pace is glacial" are must have albums. all in all, buy this album. buy it right now."
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sap | netherlands | 05/13/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Either you don't know them or you love them. Seam made some brilliant records, especially "the problem with me" is just near perfection. When I picked up "the pace is glacial" I had high expectations but still I feel there are left some weaknesses on this one. Personally I don't think Sooyoung Park is a good singer-he sings quite a lot on this one- but he can whisper very well. Luckily there are good, VERY very good songs on this disk (number 6 and 9) so it was worth the money. If you never heard of SEAM I suggest you buy one of the older albums first cause Seam is a very good band."