Bubblegum - Kevin Devine
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  • Summary: One of two Kickstarter-funded releases [Bulldozer was also released on the same day] for the Brooklyn indie rock singer includes his backing band, The Goddamn Band and was produced by Brand New's Jesse Lacey.
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  1. It’s easily his most exhilarating and challenging record to date, keeping you on your toes throughout by juxtaposing subdued verses with huge, soaring choruses.
  2. Oct 25, 2013
    89
    Each and every song sticks out musically for one reason or another--whether it’s the groovy bass line of “Sick of Words,” or the various movements of “Somewhere Unoccupied.”
  3. Oct 11, 2013
    80
    Bubblegum comes amid plenty KD material, but with endearing romps like the Nirvana-indebted title track and Criteria-sounding "Somewhere Unoccupied," it might be his best batch yet. [Nov 2013, p.88]
  4. Oct 11, 2013
    80
    Whatever the contributing factors to Bubblegum and 'Bulldozer', it's clear this is Devine brimming with confidence and energy--and to remarkable effect.
  5. Dec 11, 2013
    80
    The fantastically produced full-band sound serves as a lush backdrop for Devine's often political or culturally critical lyrics.
  6. Oct 11, 2013
    70
    The main discernible difference immediately noticeable is the increased tempo and prominent, thundering rhythm section alongside racing guitars.
  7. 70
    Even when the record bites a little harder on tracks like the politically charged “Fiscal Cliff”, or the Nirvana-inspired rendition of “She Can See Me”, there’s an energy to Bubblegum that allows for endless fun, even when the band furrows its brow in spots.
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