Blue Record [EP] - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
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  • Summary: The five-track EP for the band led by Ruban Nielson is an acoustic release with three songs from its second full-length album and two cover songs: Dirty Projectors' "Swing Lo Magellan" and Beck's "Puttin' It Down."
  • Record Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Oct 29, 2013
    80
    With psych bite and cosmic volume stripped away, Nielson’s brilliant, dextrous playing and addled lyrical bravery are illuminated brighter than ever.
  2. Dec 18, 2013
    65
    A showcase of clean, unadulterated guitar talent. [No. 105, p.59]
  3. Oct 29, 2013
    60
    While Nielson would be well-served by sticking with the colorful mess of sound the band seemingly effortlessly creates, he could go the melancholy troubadour route and make that work too. Blue Record is certainly proof of that.
  4. Oct 29, 2013
    60
    Eight months on, Unknown Mortal Orchestra return with Blue Record, a chilled acoustic EP that grooves down and quietly electrifies.
  5. Oct 29, 2013
    50
    Though it has its moments Blue Record is by no means a success, but it offers enough to suggest that with a bit of fine tuning Unknown Mortal Orchestra might eventually get a bit good at the old acoustic guitar game.
  6. 50
    As an EP, it’s not much to look at. But, as a quick footnote at the end of II, where it’s placed on the album’s deluxe edition, it’s a nice bonus, an insight into an artist’s process.
  7. Nov 14, 2013
    45
    The result is Schrödinger's cat: simultaneously interesting and dull until you listen to it. Then it's just a bit dull.
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