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"Mr. Byrne's score, which includes the sound effects he calls ambient sound, offers a strong pulse, and its vocal fragments seem to lure the listener into a wind tunnel. It serves its purpose."
"While there are pronounced global influences apparent here, In Spite sounds less like the work of a man with lots of imported records and frequent-flyer miles and more like something spewed from the senses-working-overtime mind of an art-school refugee."