Citrus - Asobi Seksu
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  • Summary: Their music sounds British and the vocals are sometimes in Japanese, but this four-piece shoegaze outfit (returning here with a second album) hails from Brooklyn.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Asobi Seksu are a band possessing talent and ability far beyond their years and with Citrus they have fully realised their potential in a particularly short time. It is difficult to see how they will be able to better this sophomore release, but you wouldn't bet against them having a few trump cards left up their collective sleeves.
  2. There's plenty of pop tunes here, but there's also enough self expression and leftfield rambling to make this an album of real interest.
  3. This is electric music in every sense of the word-- amplified, processed, and imbued with a neon glow.
  4. Where Asobi Seksu's first album seemed rushed, a little too experimental, and at times too loud, Citrus brings the right amount of noise, swirling affects, and sound balance.
  5. One of the year's best guitar-rock albums.
  6. Although Loveless and Psychocandy are obvious reference points, this album actually succeeds most on its charming, candy-colored pop songs.
  7. That shiver of foreignness adds interest to what is essentially a frothy pop sound, as does the occasionally mesmerizing distortion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Sep 26, 2010
    It seems to me that a lot of people don't like the record because some people compared it to loveless. I'm not even going to compare it to loveless because I think this album is so good it can stand as a brilliant album all by itself. Every song on this album is brilliant, it's true shoegaze pop joy. Expand
  2. JeromeH
    Jun 5, 2006
    I've listened to over 500 albums released this year already (yes, I have no life), and this album is in the top 3 alongside The Appleseed Cast's Peregrine and The Most Serene Republic's Phages. All magical albums. Long live good music. Expand
  3. JohnY
    Jun 11, 2006
    The first masterpiece of 2006 - a stunning beautiful record. "Citrus" sends you off into a soothing stratosphere where problems dissolve like lemon drops. It's that sweet. Expand
  4. JamesD
    Jun 1, 2006
    Truly great album.
  5. robertg
    Jun 18, 2006
    One of my favorites of the year so far.
  6. chasej
    Jun 8, 2006
    it's not perfect...but it's damn close. anyone that expected to hear "loveless" because they got compared to MBV is frankly foolish. they are not MBV and they are not really trying to be anymore....there are elements of Radiohead, Blone Redhead, YYYs, and Broken Social Scene here. This is a band that will only continue to evolve, and barring internal conflict, they will probably release a huge album in two years or so. And I don't mean huge in the way that Madonna is huge, I mean huge in the way that Pavement was, which is to say devastatingly good. Expand
  7. Brandon
    Jun 2, 2006
    Those Loveless comparisons are way off the mark. I felt duped by such positive reviews when I finally heard the record. I think the MBV comparisons were thrown out there a little too hastily. Expand

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