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Why Bozulich and Cline refuse to use the assets at their disposal (e.g., her amazing cornered-cat-cry vocals and his otherworldly guitar playing) is anyone's guess.

What is most frustrating, though, is that the few strong songs are truly great; they perfectly exemplify what these two can and have done together. "Release the Spring" is a spare moody manifesto of a broken life, concluding with a painful spoken-word rant: "My own failed attempts to live an honest life/are illuminated perfectly/clearly/and without judgment."

Unfortunately, three or four songs do not an album make. Perhaps it is a sideways compliment to this pair's track record to say that this record is so surprisingly bad. In any case, most of it should have been reserved for personal use, like a photo montage of an uninteresting drug experience.

--Jonathan Bond

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