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  • Summary: The former Cursive singer is backed by Sara Bertuldo, Nate Kinsella, Patrick Newbery, Dylan Ryan, and Laura Stevenson on his second solo studio release.
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  1. Wherever you place Adult Film in the Kasher canon, it’s hard to deny that it’s one of the best albums of the year, and arguably his most versatile yet.
  2. Oct 8, 2013
    If this is a new avenue of self-loathing for Kasher, it’s a welcome change of form from the perhaps more angular output of his screaming past. His gifts for wrangling emotive detours from unlikely sonic realms is his best talent, but he couldn’t do that without his crafty capacity for language, too. Stripped of the angry adornments of his yesteryears, we now may take him at his word.
  3. Alternative Press
    Oct 8, 2013
    They might be unusually eclectic, but these songs, full of Kasher's trademark incisive insight, are a compelling addition to his ever-increasing catalog. [Nov 2013, p.90]
  4. 70
    Authenticity and honesty are the hallmarks here of a painful and unsettled rock record. It’s not hard to figure out why his own name was the ideal stage to sing from.
  5. Magnet
    Dec 18, 2013
    The Game Of Monogamy, was a real stinker, full of ham-fisted lyrics shoved into half-thought melodies. Adult film isn't nearly as inelegant as its predecessor. [No 105, p.55]
  6. 60
    Though not a bad album, Adult Film simply doesn’t hold up as well to the standard Kasher has set for himself over the years.
  7. 50
    There aren’t many hooks to latch onto, his emotional tenor is difficult to gauge, and although his four-piece band works hard to vary its sonic palette, no amount of electronic drums, thickly-layered synths, Spanish guitars and theremins can cover a humdrum set of songs.

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