All Years Leaving - The Stands
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  • Summary: This debut LP for the Liverpool band was released in the U.K. in early 2004 and made its way to the States a year later.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Sure, singer Howie Payne's creaky emoting... sounds like flower-child muck, but his lilting melodies will charm your hippie-lovin' pants off anyway. [28 Jan 2005, p.83]
  2. Importantly, while The Stands’ obvious musical loves cannot be faulted, it’s their own inimitable style that makes them more than just another retro outfit.
  3. 70
    A classy veneration of the Byrds, Bob and Band, exquisitely seasoned with phlegmy harmonies and subtle instrumentation. [Mar 2004, p.108]
  4. There's nothing here that challenges the listener. [Mar 2004, p.112]
  5. Familiarity can be a good thing, but The Stands get plain fresh, crossing the line between feeling safe and feeling violated.
  6. The harmonies are tight and the guitar riffs are jangly... but because everything already sounds so familiar, nothing really stands out as an essential track. [#8, p.107]
  7. The lack of distinctiveness is what ultimately makes All Years Leaving utterly forgettable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6