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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for Casey Dienel was self-produced in a home studio in her parents' basement.
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  • Record Label: Dead Oceans Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Uncut
    Apr 2, 2014
    80
    The beautiful, feathery songwriting featured on Boson-based Casy Dienel's previous album as White Hinterland has had a steroidal pumping. [May 2014, p.83]
  2. Apr 1, 2014
    80
    Dienel and co have surpassed any of their previous efforts, including the incredible debut Phylactery Factory, and the most recent beauty Kairos.
  3. Apr 1, 2014
    80
    Though worlds away from White Hinterland's soft-hearted chamber pop beginnings or more recent dreaminess, the dire overall feeling of Baby represents vivid, undeniable growth for the project.
  4. She sounds like she’s having a bathroom hairbrush-singing party to which we’re all invited. These are sweet sweet fantasies, baby.
  5. Apr 1, 2014
    70
    Scituate native Casey Dienel’s third album under the White Hinterland moniker seems to construct itself as it goes, incrementally expanding from the bits and scraps of piano and multi-layered unaccompanied vocals of opener “Wait Until Dark” and culminating in the rollicking, if skewed, roll of penultimate track “Sickle No Sword.”
  6. Apr 1, 2014
    70
    Dienel's vocal acrobatics stay riveting--the musical equivalent of pulling a floor lamp out of a handbag.
  7. Apr 3, 2014
    60
    The emphasis on texture and style can obscure Dienel’s storytelling, however: it all sounds so gorgeous, you sometimes forget to listen to what she’s actually trying to say.

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  1. Jun 1, 2016
    8
    The balance between disjointed and frenetic sounds and vocals and the sense of detailed harmony in this album is admiring and worth a try.The balance between disjointed and frenetic sounds and vocals and the sense of detailed harmony in this album is admiring and worth a try. Overall, Baby is a pretty interesting world to get in and get lost in. Expand
  2. Apr 23, 2014
    8
    White Hinterland's third album is the most instrumentally complex thing I've heard this project deliver thus far. Not only that but mastermindWhite Hinterland's third album is the most instrumentally complex thing I've heard this project deliver thus far. Not only that but mastermind Casey Dienel's voice is sounding better than ever between all of these power piano ballads and dense, soulful art pop tunes. Expand