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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the San Francisco Bay Area garage punk band features songs inspired by frontman David Kelling's move to Los Angles and was produced by Carlos de la Garza.
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  1. Jun 14, 2018
    80
    Bay Dream is a great example of a band living up to the potential hinted at by their early work, and while day-one fans might be turned off by the album's cleaned-up production, it would be ungracious to begrudge a young band their newfound opportunities. Culture Abuse make the most of them here, with an album that should find its way into many a summer playlist.
  2. Jun 15, 2018
    80
    It’s not just its hooks sunny disposition that makes Bay Dream the album it is, however. From start to finish, this is one of the finest examples of punk rock songwriting we’ve seen in 2018 so far from a band whose momentum off the back of last album ‘Peach’ should only increase in velocity off the back of this
  3. Jun 14, 2018
    80
    At first glance, it's easy to underestimate Culture Abuse for the part-time slackers they present themselves to be, but there's a lot more to them than meets the eye on this satisfying second effort.
  4. Kerrang!
    Jun 14, 2018
    80
    In the resultant dizzying whirl of kaleidoscopic guitars and life moving at 100 miles a minute, Culture Abuse sound right at home. [16 Jun 2018, p.58]
  5. Jun 14, 2018
    70
    A fan of the old will easily become a fan of the new. It's all here: Kelling's needle-point observations, fuzzy tones, and a heavy flirtation with the Ramones and Beach Boys. No fans will be lost in this album cycle. As much as it's the same musically, it's also an entirely different creature lyrically.
  6. 70
    All in all, it's a good album, but I kept waiting for that big, mighty and monstrous climax which never comes.
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