City Beach - Jill Cunniff
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  • Summary: This is the first solo album for the former member of Luscious Jackson and Kostars.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Cunniff has never sounded more joyful as a singer or writer as she does here.
  2. Where Jackson occasionally seemed as if they were in a rush to jam as many styles into their sound as possible, Cunniff digs deeper into her idiosyncrasies, creating music that feels unhurried and flows easily.
  3. A delightfully breezy and refreshingly hopeful chill-out solo disc. [24 Feb 2007]
  4. 50
    There's charm in its corniness. [Feb 2007, p.82]
  5. A mostly dull record of disco-lite. [#17, p.98]
  6. Too many songs rely on sappy love-song cliches, bland arrangements or saccharine lyrics. [Mar 2007, p.135]
  7. The music sounds less and less related to Cunniff’s roots, more and more similar to a slew of interchangeable soft-pop songs, of the type you’re likely to hear in a doctor’s office or a grocery store.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. GinaK
    Sep 5, 2007
    Perfect album. Sweet and lovely.
  2. MarkW
    Mar 6, 2007
    perfect album! beautiful !
  3. LolaN.
    May 9, 2007
    Any critic that says Jill Cunniff or city beach is bad is absolutely insane!! Her album is one of the most down-to- Earth albums I've ever heard, and it's VERY original!! Expand
  4. MattD.
    Feb 22, 2007
    This is an innovative, diverse CD that can get you through the cold of the rest of the winter. I can't believe some critics are getting on her lyrics. I think her lyrics are quite witty. Expand
  5. RaymondR
    Mar 3, 2007
    Being someone who grew up in Manhattan's Lower East Side the same time Jill was, I can hear & recognize all the musical influences informing her sound. I'm SOOOO GLAD that's she's still wrapping the tastefully passionate fingertips of her songs around our needful ears-you rock, Jill! Expand
  6. May 25, 2013
    Simple music, simple lyrics, indie music? no, i don't think so, maybe pop easy listening, come on... I don't recommend this album. How is it possible to rank it with a 10???? Expand