Whirlaway best Tadpoles yet!
George T. Parsons | Nevada City, CA | 06/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tadpoles Whirlaway (Camera Obscura) This Hoboken 4-piece do the guitar, bass, drums thing, but also add xylophone, ebow, organ and plenty of tastefully employed effects. This is their 4th full-length album, and it shows several of their winning aspects; from soaring space rock to the bucolic folk pop of their Dylan cover You Ain't Goin' Nowhere. They can hit like a flying anvil or float like they've got helium in their bones, but never without a sense of muscular momentum and interplay. Overall it's a fine intelligent branch of new century stoner rock's ever expanding family tree, the tundra crunching extraterrestial Smile if You've Crossed Over is a different version than the one presented on Urban Meadows (The Broken Face benefit album), so you're obviously gonna need both. The over 13 minute Horse and Buggy that closes this set is one of the more adventurous, indulgent, noisy and rewarding things here."