Bad Self Portraits - Lake Street Dive
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  • Summary: The Brooklyn-based band formed by former students at the New England Conservatory releases its second full-length studio album.
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  1. The music Lake Street makes draws from 1930s jazz, ’50s rockabilly and doo-wop, as well as ’60s blues and soul. The title track idealizes that last mix. It could slip easily onto Bonnie Raitt’s best, early discs.
  2. Feb 18, 2014
    Bigger, louder, and more eclectic works well on Bad Self Portraits, but smaller, quieter, and more precise was what made the band's earlier efforts so distinctive.
  3. Mar 27, 2014
    The songs are about working through the pain of love, but what comes across on record is joyous.
  4. Apr 10, 2014
    Portraits polishes, buffs, and ups the oomph factor on 11 tracks that find guitars and organ keys emerging as the most prominent instruments on "Just Ask," "Better Than," and "Rabid Animal."
  5. Feb 18, 2014
    The band’s multiple harmonies and call-and-response on “Seventeen” and ”Stop Your Crying” remind listeners that Lake Street Dive is a group effort and that its core is powerfully impressive, even if this collection of songs is wrapped up in an unnecessarily over-produced package.
  6. Feb 21, 2014
    The set could use more form-flipping touches like the latter. But as revivalism goes, this is vital stuff.
  7. Apr 1, 2014
    There is a buoyant creativity to many of Lake Street Dive's arrangements, and cuts like "Bobby Tanqueray" and "Seventeen" reveal such time-tested influences as late-'60s Muscle Shoals-influenced soul and Dusty Springfield-esque pop.

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  1. Feb 24, 2014
    It's the kind of album that is more appreciated the more it's listened to. However, i enjoyed Rachael Price's voice the first time. Very beautiful. The music is even more enjoyable, but more subtle.

    This album is best heard while winding down, in some peace and quiet.