"Having long ago eschewed the glitchy breakbeats of its early albums, the Menomena of today is an immaculately spacious rock band," writes Andrew Stout in this week's print edition
. "Something vital has changed. Arrangements are stripped to their essentials with nary a wasted note. The ADD has gone OCD."
"Years before Lady Gaga helped re-coolify ambiguously oriented -- and blatant -- sexuality, Scissor Sisters went there without apology," writes Dan Weiss
this week. "But all the naughty word games and scandalous-by-default spittings are just decor for the Scissor Sisters' true agenda: fun."
"Sleep's brutal psychedelia spoke to aimless teenagers lacking heroes they could relate to, even years after its albums were written and recorded in the early '90s," writes Patric Fallon
. "Alongside the leafy drug with which the Bay Area band is so often associated, Sleep's music provided a gateway into the world of heavy sounds loudly played in hazy rooms -- the fantastic realm of stoner metal."