A classic - one of sub pop's best releases.
Furry Man of the Midwest | 04/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"i remember getting a promo of this CD in the record store where i worked at the time of the album's release. to this day, i still think this is one of sub pop's more interesting releases (and that's saying something!). although they were often compared to dinosaur jr., i've always felt that rein sanction was a lot more adventuresome and musically adept than j masic and company, and, to be honest, as opposed to j mascis, i hear A LOT more jimi hendrix, thurston moore, neil young, peter buck, tom verlaine, and the edge in mark gentry's guitar playing, although he has managed to blend these and other influences w/ very little (if any) evident pretense and concocted something quite unique in the process. in fact, i've never been a fan of dinosaur jr., but the way mark, his brother brannon (drums), and ian chase (bass) improvise around these 3-chord ditties was/is purely magical and way more sublime than anything i've heard from dinosaur jr. in fact, a unique and idiosyncratic approach to improvisation is rein sanction's strong suite, and broc's cabin, its follow-up (mariposa - also released on sub pop), as well as their first EP (only 100 pressed on vinyl with limited local release in their hometown of gainesville, fla.) - all of which featured the aforementioned line-up - are excellent representations of this. upon chase's departure in 1993, much of the improvisational approach was discarded in favor of a more standard approach, with mixed results - the most satisfying being the bands most recent effort, good one, which was recorded in 2006 in gainesville and contains some of the gentry brothers' greatest achievements, especially in regards to songwriting, arrangements, and vocals (thanks in no small part to troy towsley, who co-wrote, produced, and played on the album).
broc's cabin was recorded by kramer (see bongwater, shimmy disc) in gainesville and would not be out of place in any stoner-rock afficianodos record collection, although the sanction are a lot more sophisticated than your average stoner rock band, often infusing blues, jazz, and psyche elements with the standard rock and roll form.
first, check out: "f train," "creel," and the title track.
second, check out: "do you remember?" and "kilmonick".