With 2008's MY BLOODY UNDERGROUND, infamously mercurial Brian Jonestown Massacre mastermind Anton Newcombe unveils his first full-length studio album since the release of the well-received '04 film DIG!, which documents the band's longstanding feud with the Dandy Warhols. Always eager to shift his psychedelic-leaning indie-rock sound, Newcombe pushes BJTM's aesthetic towards shoegaze territory on UNDERGROUND, as evinced on the woozy, swirling "Just Like Kicking Jesus." (Adding to the dream-pop mood is the My Bloody Valentine-referencing tile and the presence of former Ride member Mark Gardener.) Never one short on ambition or eccentricity, Newcombe closes the record with a 10-minute drone track, "Black Hole Symphony," proving that his defiant creative spirit is just as strong as ever.
Magnet (p.99) - "Newcombe now seems to be flexing his record-collecting muscles, pasting together chunks of sound inspired by the feedback washes of '80s shoegaze bands....MY BLOODY UNDERGROUND is yet another experience of the strip only Newcombe can sculpt."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.89) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "BJM continue to be manically referential, deadly serious, over-intense and over-the-top as only they can."