Tom Sinclair
February 22, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Sleep Forever

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it a B

The sound is certainly big, but this Brooklyn trio’s sophomore CD is far from soporific. Big Sleep traffic primarily in stern instrumental rock of the bracing dig-these-clanging-guitars variety, the type of stuff Steve Albini lives for. Truth be told, Sleep Forever may be a tad too stylistically slippery for its own good; ”Organs” is a prickly exercise in progpsych fusion, ”Little Sister” flaunts flamenco flourishes, ”Undying Love” skirts hair-metal territory, and so on. Still, it’s an invigorating ride (though we suspect Raymond Chandler would be thoroughly bemused).

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