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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. Much of City Beach is sort of bland and a little corny.
  5. Too many songs rely on sappy love-song cliches, bland arrangements or saccharine lyrics. [Mar 2007, p.135]
  6. If I didn't know better, I'd swear Jill Cunniff had crawled under a rock and refused to listen to any music since her old band, Luscious Jackson, split in 99.
  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
    10
    Perfect album. Sweet and lovely.
  2. MarkW
    Mar 6, 2007
    10
    perfect album! beautiful !
  3. LolaN.
    May 9, 2007
    10
    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 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
    9
    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 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
    9
    Being someone who grew up in Manhattan's Lower East Side the same time Jill was, I can hear & recognize all the musical influences 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
    1
    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 itSimple 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