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  • Summary: The debut album for the Israel-born singer/songwriter creates beats with the help of effects pedals and the guitar.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. The songs on his debut album, Charmed and Strange are quirky and inventive.
  2. 80
    A haunting cover of the Pixies' 'Where Is My Mind' rounds off a quite remarkable debut. [May 2008]
  3. Yoav proves that a guitar and his voice are the only instruments you really need to make powerful, versatile music.
  4. 60
    At their best, as in 'Sometimes,' they drag you into their circling obsessiveness and measured rhetoric. But, too often, Yoav's cleverness feels calculating--unless it's the reverse that, over-tasked. [May 2008]
  5. Charmed and Strange, however, is a collection of interesting guitar playing with a few lyrics thrown in for pop legitimacy.
  6. The sparse sound that he produces means it's more entertaining to watch his trickery than to listen to it. [Apr 2008, p.117]
  7. Yoav goes about his expecting some sort of kneejerk praise for rolling dolo, but thanks to a total lack of depth, sonic or otherwise, all I see is the gimmicks, the wack lyrics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. BirdBoy
    Apr 3, 2008
    10
    A very unusual and most welcome record.
  2. ChristopherC.
    Apr 3, 2008
    9
    Club Thing is my favourite track of the year.
  3. ScottA.
    Apr 3, 2008
    7
    The album's best cut ("Adore Adore") is featured first. It's a pleasant, hook-filled number all about the devil. The rest of the The album's best cut ("Adore Adore") is featured first. It's a pleasant, hook-filled number all about the devil. The rest of the songs unwind with a sameness that lessens the overall effect. Expand