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Album Review

Critically embraced, this full-length debut from Polvo deserves notice for its scope and imaginative guitars. However, Cor-Crane Secret sounds brittle when compared to the work of more accomplished '90s guitar bands like Built to Spill, Pavement, and Sonic Youth. More experimental than indie rock's "accessible" success stories, Polvo could never establish a broad listenership — even after their later, more song-driven releases that stand up to the class of their genre. This determined art rock approach is perhaps most limiting on Cor-Crane Secret, with its sometimes unnecessary abrasiveness. Sonic envelopes are pushed to the detriment of what could be grand material as youthful enthusiasm gets the better of songs like "Ox Scapula" and "Duped." The band's tendency to meander through long patches of dissonant but artful guitar structures vigorously challenges the average rock attention span. This is probably to their credit, but Polvo dare themselves into overpowering their own rich songwriting on Cor-Crane Secret.

Customer Reviews

Awesome Record - iTunes, it skips once I downloaded it!

DOH! Please fix, I want my Polvo FIX!

Still one of my favorites

I got turned onto this album at the same time as Slanted and Enchated way way way too far back. Anyways, the song structures were so complex, I still hear different things every time I listen. I actually had to purchase a replacement from iTunes for the CD I bought from overplaying it. I find it weird that the normal review panned Ox Scapula and Duped considering that I think those two instrumentals make this album all that more interesting. There is definitely a "how did they come up with that" factor and this is more challenging than any Sonic Youth album could hope to be, but I think this is a musical masterpiece and far better than any efforts afterwards.

tough & tender

polvo blows the mind out driving car to high school in 1993 or cross country in 2007 looking to thank ash bowie and crew


Formed: 1990 in Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the most popular and accomplished bands in the arty, noisy indie rock offshoot dubbed math rock, Polvo touched on many of the genre's hallmarks: dissonant, intricately layered guitars that often employed alternate tunings; odd, off-kilter rhythms; an emphasis on dense sonic texture; and unorthodox song structures that, nonetheless, were often unconventionally melodic. Additionally, their music had a pronounced Eastern feel that came not only from the Indian and Middle Eastern-style drones...
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