2003's Televise was by no means a poor album from Calla, but it often seemed too resigned and, occasionally, downright deflated. When the songs on 2001's Scavengers operated at a low-energy level, they at least had a smoldering, shadowy allure. On Collisions, the band wipes the sleep out of its eyes and produces a set of songs that is more inspired and vital, even if it's equally embittered and dejected. The added oomph -- faster riffs here and there, stop-start rhythms, terse vocal phrasings -- is bound to cause some ...

Collisions 2005, Beggars Banquet

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