Below The Branches - Kelley Stoltz
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  • Summary: The San Francisco-based psych-rock solo artist returns with a third full-length.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. It is quite possibly Stoltz's best work ever, and certainly one of the landmark releases of 2006.
  2. Retro lo-fi pop-rock, dressed in pounded parlor-room piano chords and psych-folk filigree. [10 Feb 2006, p.134]
  3. Below the Branches is the kind of record true lovers of classic 60s and 70s pop can adore.
  4. 80
    His home-recorded approach reaches imaginatively beyond glossy pastiche. [Mar 2006, p.90]
  5. I’d suggest that it’s a grower, but that doesn’t seem apt, as there’s very little depth to let grow here. What it is, however, is a winner, an album that seems loathable at first but tenaciously refuses to quit grinning.
  6. Stoltz's musicianship and songwriting are engaging and technically inspired while remaining loose and comfortable. It's just there are too many obvious references.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. KyleZ
    May 11, 2007
    10
    I saw Stoltz live opening for the Raconteurs last July. I have been listening to this album ever since.
  2. thadw
    Feb 26, 2006
    10
    one of 2006 best!
  3. ThidwickBigheartedmoose
    May 9, 2006
    9
    wobbly singing, gorgeous melodies, sloppy production, beautiful harmonies, everything you want in a record!
  4. AllawahF
    Mar 12, 2006
    8
    Although the refrences are obvious, beach boys, velevt underground, john lennon Stoltz has put together an incredible album filled with sunshine humour and killer melodies. I love the guitar playing on this album, especially on my favourite track 'words' another key track is 'summer's easy feeling' which has the best melody of the album. I would recommend this to people who enjoy acid folk, revolver, pet sounds, and white light/white heat. enjoy Expand