Melody Maker, November 12th, 1988
by Simon Reynolds,
In person, naturally, Loop are not the Thanatos-worshipping cosmonauts you might conceivably hope for. Robert is a curious mix of crap-cutting matter-of-factness and intensity. John chips in occasionally with the odd, sleepy but telling comment. Neil is apparently mute.
One way Loop could go forward is to relinquish the beat altogether. At the start of the Fade Out album, there's a 25-second interlude, what sounds like a symphony of drones, as portentous as the distant trembling in the air the citizens of Dresden must have heard on the eve of the firebombing. The mosaic of almost ambient guitar noise in the middle of 'Straight To Heart' suggests another direction for them, one that Loop indulge singlemindedly for the first time on 'Circle Grave' (also on the B-side of 'Black Sun').