"Fireworks is an intriguing album; I keep coming back to it. The talent is undeniable, and the songwriting is unique. The band is hard to pigeonhole and that's admirable in today's cluttered and derivative underground scene. Despite a few obvious influences, This Busy Monster retains its individuality on its second album. The experimentation backfires occasionally, but what band doesn't trip when it travels down an obscure path? If at least a handful of these songs don't excite you, I don't know what will." (DrawerB)
Embossed and stuffed with real satin (gold) or velvet (red), the curious sofa is a mechanical beast of ungodly proportions... have a seat?
"...plays like an exercise in restraint and modesty, all while maintaining an orchestral brilliance." (NWRacket)
"With discordant guitars and uneven and unpredictable rhythms, the debut CD from Seattle's This Busy Monster, Like Icicles, is undoubtedly this year's most bizarre local offering at the pop throne. By systematically and maniacally incorporating a huge range of influences (and by huge range, I do mean huge range), This Busy Monster have built a weird musical collage. There's a little bit of Built to Spill-style psychedelia, some indie-rock balladry and even Primus-style funk. It sounds like an improbable combination, but somehow This Busy Monster make it sound as natural as the five notes at the core of Beethoven's Ninth." (The Rocket)
"Guitarist/vocalist Chris Possanza has a great voice for this material and both the lyrics and the music here are quirky and mysterious enough to keep things from veering into the slick or boring. This single is the kind of thing I would never have bought on my own but like nevertheless. It's nice surprises like this that keep me playing the ridiculous role of mr. rock music critic." (Snipehunt)
"...these guys display a style and approach all their own on this brilliantly executed (and packaged) debut single. Produced by Jon & Ken Posie, this little platter gives us two tantalizing tastes of an exciting new Seattle band with tremendous potential." (The Cellophane Square Circle)