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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the Amherst, Mass., rock trio.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 17, 2013
    100
    It might be as modern as loincloth, but ‘California X’ is surely a future classic.
  2. It’s one of the young year’s best all-out rock records, the kind of fantastic full-length that some kid in a garage will one day look back to themselves, maybe when plugging that guitar in for the first time.
  3. 80
    The electric camaraderie, chrome riffs, and crisp production make for a record that not only kicks, but shows how fun it can be to make music with your friends.
  4. Dec 17, 2013
    78
    It's far from perfect, but it's never less than driven, and that drive gets you past the garbled syllables and any pesky feelings of deja vu.
  5. Dec 17, 2013
    70
    Much as it is a thrash-and-burn album, the self-titled release also hints at subtly sensitive undertones.
  6. Dec 17, 2013
    70
    It’s its own thing, and a pretty good one.
  7. Feb 27, 2015
    60
    This time, Lemmy Gurtowsky and Dan Jones are joined by guitarist Zach Brower and drummer Cole Lanier. The pair have slowed them down in a good way. [Apr 2015, p.97]

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