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    Mon, 11 Jun 2012 08:42:18

    Ume "Phantoms" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Ume's fuzzed-out bliss gives PHANTOMS real bite.

    It's got the kind of psychedelic guitar haze that made Gish and Siamese Dream instant classics. At the same time, frontwoman and axe-slinger Lauren Larson draws a distinct line between the distorted wall of sound of the Smashing Pumpkins and the ethereal elegance of Portishead, erecting a new paradigm of her own between the two. This isn't simply revivalist; it's revolutionary.

    From the ballsy polyrhythmic riffing of "Captive" to the acoustic strains of "The Task", PHANTOMS will be both a guitar lover's dream and a delight for those hipsters too cool to admit how much they dig heavy metal. That's the real charm of Ume; they could tour with Tool or Silversun Pickups and raze the stage just as confidently in both scenarios.

    Larson's voice resounds with a bewitching darkness over the warm tones of "Rubicon", while she sounds gorgeously uncaged on "Burst". Rachel Fuhrer's drums anchor the seesawing rhythms as Eric Larson's bass rumbles raucously. "The Push" lives up to its name with a propulsive stomp and staggering tones, while "Destroyer" bends from a surf guitar bellow into an ominous hum.

    Once these PHANTOMS attack, rock 'n' roll will never be the same. Ume are bound to take over the world.

    Rick Florino

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