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YOB — Clearing the Path to Ascend

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★☆☆ When this shoegazery doomsludge album works, it works very well. But there are two major problems with it, which drag the whole effort down. First: the songs are just a bit go-nowheresy, even by doom standards. That’s a minor quibble, compared to the second problem: the clean vocals are bad. I mean Ozzy-with-the-delerium-tremens bad. It’s too bad; without those albatrosses, this was going to be a solid three-star firstie.