Brass - Royal Bangs
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  1. Sep 25, 2013
    80
    Ultimately, with Brass, the Royal Bangs have tested their musical mettle and created a possible future classic to be appreciated for years to come.
  2. Aside from a few inconsistencies, the change in sound is quite revitalizing and proves that there is more to Royal Bangs than a serious case of musical ADD.
  3. Oct 18, 2013
    70
    Bras finds the Knoxville, Tenn., trio scaling back the noise in favor of tuneful, even sweet performances. [No. 103, p.60]
  4. 60
    It’s a logical extension of their earlier work that’s easier on the ears without watering down the inherent craftiness of the vibe or, even worse, selling out.
  5. Sep 25, 2013
    60
    There’s no doubt that Royal Bangs are fully capable of splicing a broader set of influences into their quixotic mix, and Brass offers several great glimpses into a sonic evolution in progress. It’s just a shame that the metamorphosis isn’t quite complete.
  6. Sep 25, 2013
    59
    Brass is certainly an easier record to wrap your mind around than Flux Outside. But, with one too many good-not-great melodies and that nagging sense that these guys are holding something back, it's also a whole lot less likely to get itself lodged in your skull.
  7. Oct 18, 2013
    50
    Royal Bangs have slid from the noisy toe-tappers of earlier records to a brighter pastiche of styles heard on their fourth album.

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