Spin (p.120) - "Time and practice have made them a far more straightforward rock band..."Uncut (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[The] further broaden their sound, which embraces Stax-style soul, nuggety funk and gruff, politicized rap with equal enthusiasm. More variety in their blues, certainly, but no less vigour."Magnet (p.93) - "DAMAGE runs through classic Blues Explosion moves on the title track but ventures quickly and assuredly into a horn-heavy instrumental, a punchy, funky and glitchy excursion featuring sax by James Chance..."CMJ (p.12) - "DJ Shadow squelches a 9/8 vamp while James Chance unleashes unholy sax skronk..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 - "As overdriven and mutated a nose as ever they've managed, DAMAGE! also retains Blues Explosion's trademark sweat-drenched feel for soul..."
Rolling Stone (10/3/96, p.72) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...NOW I GOT WORRY finds the Blues Explosion...stripping down to basics. Spencer and the band eschew the hip-hop influences that came to a head on 1994's ORANGE, opting instead for a more gutbucket approach..."Spin (11/96, pp.121-122) - 7 (out of 10) - "...retreats from the promising, wiggy pomo melange of 1994's ORANGE in favor of garage raunch....there's no confusing the deft simplicity of Spencer's current riff-conjuring with the nascent primitivism of his band's debut CRYPT STYLE..."Q (11/96, p.136) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...This album...is the trio's most unapologetic yet, with screeching dementia through broken-down amps, speed railroad blues and barely decipherable lyrics..."Alternative Press (12/96, p.80) - 5 (out of 5) - "...JSBX have made an album that not only honors the raw, spontaneous emotionalism of the music that inspires them...but also done so without aping them mindlessly or attempting revision..."Vibe (3/97, p.140) - "...New York City punk rockers the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion mine the Mississippi Delta for the secrets of its soil..."Melody Maker (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #11 on Melody Maker's list of 1996's "Albums Of The Year."Melody Maker (9/28/96, p.48) - Recommended - "...Everything's under control, everything's allowed room to breathe. Not a note, not a beat is wasted. There are continual explosions of noise; drums roll, and guitars scrape in glorious monotony....a replica, sure. But it's so damn EXCITING!"Musician (1/97, p.85) - "...continues to smash funk backbeats, blues cliches, and sleazy slide guitar work against a wall of (literally) screaming punk mania....Ludicrous and excessive, the style works--mainly because it just plain rocks....Rackety, impolite, compulsively rhythmic, and funny as hell..."Village Voice (2/25/97) - Ranked #39 in the Village Voice's 1996 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] Spencer howling distorted blues moans over white noise and eerie harmonies..."Pitchfork (Website) - "[H]ere the abrupt breakbeat edits and dubby textures feel less like tentative dabbles and more like strategic devices used to better convey the songs' anxious energy."
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Mojo (Publisher) (p.123) - "[The collection] concentrates on 19 songs by Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Interpol, Stephen Malkmus and more....Proof of the imprint's continuing vitality."
Q (4/00, p.115) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...a unique cross-fertilization of British beat group blues with the abrasive Detroit power of The Stooges and MC5....touting howled vocals over bass-less proto R&B..."Alternative Press (7/95, p.104) - Ranked #88 in AP's list of the `Top 99 of '85-'95' - "...The groove from Jon Spencer comes from a possession of spirit and soul. There is enough rock 'n' roll there to hold on to but its presence is neither the purpose nor the goal. It's heavy like a hammer and sassy with organ..."Option (9-10/93, p.127) - "...like Mick Jagger and David Johansen before him, Spencer mines all the appropriate blues and soul men, from John Lee Hooker to Al Green. Unlike those, he ain't making a lot of tokens doing it..."Melody Maker (9/25/93, p.34) - "...Jon Spencer plough[s] an even more maverick furrow than before....[EXTRA WIDTH] is a great row....One of the best records in months..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's stewed in funk and soul....Spencer played sinful loverman, his lycanthrope snarl drenched in slapback reverb, sounding gargantuan."NME (Magazine) (9/4/93, p.30) - "...EXTRA WIDTH throws it all up...our Jon is willing to regurgitate 40 years' worth [of rock] any damn way he pleases..."Uncut (magazine) (p.103) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Bass-less, earnest, witty and fierce, the Blues Explosion mashed blues, rock, soul and punk on this 1993 breakthrough."