At the same time, Bardo Pond manages to sound as if it's trying to use its sonic experimentation to get at specific emotions, instead of letting that experimentation do it. The result is a raw, moody, and intricately wrought 70-plus minutes of music that, while plenty heavy at times, might be best described as beautifully meditative. That said, in spite of its beauty, Dilate isn't exactly breaking any new ground. Bardo Pond seems content to try to perfect the areas in which it already resides -- an admirable feat, particularly in these days when "experimental" can mean attempting to replicate the experimental music of 20 years ago. However, unless the music winds change direction, Bardo Pond's ascendancy to rock importance is a little unlikely -- at least for now.
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