Astro Coast - Surfer Blood
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  • Summary: The Florida-based quintet shows the influence of 1990s alternative and indie rock music on its debut full-length album.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. He delivers a reprise of the same B part in a more forceful, normal voice: "Why is everything a chore?/I'm too young to be defeated." So far, he isn't. Wish him luck with that riptide.
  2. To some extent, Astro Coast comes off like a muscular, radio-ready version of music that would've been found on a limited-edition 45 back in the mid-'90s. But the way Surfer Blood balances escapism and grit is a neat trick, and one that never really loses its sense of wonder.
  3. Their potential is the wrong thing to appreciate: it's their immediacy, their unstudied and unfocused energy, that hits the spot.
  4. It's stunningly close to being a masterful pop record, one exhibiting a tremendous amount of love and care in its meticulous level of craft. [Holiday 2009, p.77]
  5. Pavement noise scrimmages, warped Pixies surf rock, fresh-faced Weezer tuneage, it's all the same mess to them. But they dress up their guitar-mad escapades in a stadium-echo kick that Nineties indie kids were too grumpy to try.
  6. Jan 7, 2011
    70
    Astro Coast is a welcome reminder of the youthful vigour and playfulness of early Pavement and Weezer, imbibing the Sixties rule-book of good pop without coming off as a bad pastiche.
  7. Even at its best this whole record sounds like a band who wants to make an impact by trying to be everything to everyone. And because they're not too good at everything they do yet, this lack of a definitive identity that makes it difficult to take them seriously (or if this is their definitive identity, they're just boring).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. MannyF.
    Jan 21, 2010
    10
    Best damn record this year, and the year is just starting!!! a must listen. the hooks, OMG THE HOOKS!!!
  2. Movitunes
    Feb 2, 2010
    9
    Excellent Stuff! Truly great for 1st timers and I'm excited to see what a major producer will do for them although the slightly Excellent Stuff! Truly great for 1st timers and I'm excited to see what a major producer will do for them although the slightly "unclean" feel of these songs makes me think Beach Boys. Never a bad comparison! Start listening with Anchorage. Expand
  3. eastside
    Jan 21, 2010
    8
    Nicely done guitar interplay and well put together tunes carry this enjoyable debut from these Florida youngsters. The album blazes out of Nicely done guitar interplay and well put together tunes carry this enjoyable debut from these Florida youngsters. The album blazes out of the gate with four excellent tunes and does not let up. The mood does darken toward the end, but it's no downer. "Anchorage" may well be my favorite tune on this immediate winner. Most of the reviews state it accurately: shades of Shins, Pixies, Pavement and Weezer abound. Recommended to fans of the aforementioned. Expand
  4. TylerI
    Jan 27, 2010
    8
    The 'no ripcord' review of this album is amazing in its complete lack of musical perspective in comparing this music to surf rock. The 'no ripcord' review of this album is amazing in its complete lack of musical perspective in comparing this music to surf rock. I mean I guess it must be since surfer is in their name... right? The assumption that the author makes, that the musicians in this band are somehow paying homage to a slew of bands they probably don't listen to is wildly amusing. Expand
  5. j30
    Sep 22, 2011
    8
    This made my favorite albums of 2010 lists. Just a fantastic debut from the Florida based band. I look forward to hearing more of their workThis made my favorite albums of 2010 lists. Just a fantastic debut from the Florida based band. I look forward to hearing more of their work in the future. Early Weezer and the Pixes come to mind when I listen to the record. Collapse
  6. Sep 7, 2010
    7
    This album captures the throwback feel while sounding modern. Just because 'surfer' is in the groups name, this sound has little to do withThis album captures the throwback feel while sounding modern. Just because 'surfer' is in the groups name, this sound has little to do with 'surf music'. Love the off kilter arrangements in spots. Lou Reed would be proud of his influences. Expand