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  • Summary: Hailing from New York, the experimental rockers release their debut album of electronic, shimmery shoe-gazer rock and dance tracks, comparable to the likes of Cut Copy and New Order.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
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  1. Nov 30, 2010
    80
    This is the first proper full-length from the band, after a few other offerings -an EP, a few odd singles, a march-happy runway score -and three songs in is about where the realization sets in that Violens have finally offered up that worthy successor to that previous work with that other band (you know, the one they're tired of seeing mentioned in reviews).
  2. Nov 9, 2010
    80
    The New Yorkers' debut is retro but refreshing. [Dec. 2010, p. 106]
  3. Jan 18, 2011
    74
    Factor in fearlessly slick production and attitude and Violens have managed to create the ultimate gorge-fest. Loosen your belt and dig in.
  4. Nov 15, 2010
    60
    Amoral or not, this album serves as a reminder that the superficial can still sound pretty super.
  5. Nov 17, 2010
    60
    Sinister lyrics flit by almost unnoticed across the music's glistening sheen as Elbrecht hides in plain sight--an impressive conjuring trick that may nevertheless leave you a little cold. [Dec 2010, p.110]
  6. Nov 16, 2010
    60
    While Violens draw from strong influences, they capture their potency only fleetingly. Amoral is a worthwhile listen, with stand out tracks that hold much promise. As yet, though, there's too much that leaves you, like that promise, unfulfilled.
  7. Nov 5, 2010
    50
    Ultimately, it's the stuff of a common nightmare--creepily thrilling, but not worth reliving.

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