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
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4