Antipodes - Popstrangers
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  • Summary: The debut full-length from the New Zealand alternative rock trio was recorded in a 1930s dancehall.
  • Record Label: Carpark Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Noise Pop, Noise-Rock
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 28, 2013
    90
    The hooks and riffs are just so, so pummelling and intoxicating, it’s as though every element of this record was plotted and constructed to maximum effect. And yet, Antipodes is an all out effortless feeling effort, with a natural flow that feels almost as though it was pulled out of a magician’s hat.
  2. Feb 25, 2013
    80
    They pull from various sources and somehow manage to make them unrecognizable; the mélange of influences so rich and varied--changeable almost by the minute--they constantly keep you guessing.
  3. Feb 25, 2013
    70
    Although the ten tracks are by no means light of memorable moments, it's the thrilling range of diverse songs that flow effortlessly that makes Antipodes a debut album to take note of.
  4. Feb 25, 2013
    60
    There are plenty of great moments, but at times, it is almost too experimental.
  5. Feb 25, 2013
    60
    Starting at a bass-heavy point where crunch is more important than structure, guitarist-singer Joel Flyger nevertheless knows how to write a pop hook. [Mar 2013, p.108]
  6. Mar 22, 2013
    60
    As the album progresses, a unique melodic sensibility comes to the surface. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.102]
  7. Mar 7, 2013
    60
    Agreeably retro psych-pop from New Zealand. [Apr 2013, p.98]

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  1. Feb 26, 2013
    10
    I've always enjoyed Popstrangers and now I see a more dark and mature addition to their repertoire. How, exactly did they go from what they were doing to this? I don't know, but it's all really amazing work now that stands on even more amazing work that came before this. I'm really impressed. Collapse