Arde - Migala
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  • Summary: This is the debut American release for the experimental Spanish rock outfit, who have appeared on tour with Smog and the Magnetic Fields. Half the album features Leonard Cohen-esque vocals (sung in English), while the remaining tracks are instrumentals.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
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  1. Nothing short of elemental in its beauty.
  2. The beauty in all this melancholy is that, interspersed among the reverberating guitars and mournful keyboards, you'll find an assortment of cheerful instruments, such as the accordion, that help to create an underlying tone of optimism.
  3. 80
    Each soft, slow hymn to the darkness makes the band's beauty more pronounced. [#51, p.102]
  4. This is as meandering and shoegazing as Sub Pop indie folk gets. [Sep 2001, p.92]
  5. 60
    Lacking the bluster and/or baritone to pull off the stumbly, ESL lyrics, Migala's drowsy fables wander aimlessly. [Sep 2001, p.164]
  6. Arde is a low-key affair, relying on ethereal and hypnotic arrangements and slow tempos. However, there is a distinct pop sense to the album...
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