City Forgiveness - The Wave Pictures
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  • Summary: The double album release for the British rock band was inspired by and written while they toured the US in 2012.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  1. Dec 3, 2013
    80
    Overflowing with strong writing and excellent playing, City Forgiveness earns every minute of its two-CD sprawl.
  2. 70
    This does feel like an album of transition--about the journey rather than the destination and its more sophisticated moments point towards the idea that The Wave Pictures are a band which are only going to get finer with age.
  3. Oct 21, 2013
    70
    While City Forgiveness does allow the trio breathing room, they never use that space to justify the length--they’re doing what they do, and doing it well, but the over-familiarity when faced with 90 minutes of this stuff does great songs a disservice.
  4. 70
    ‘The Yellow Roses’ typifies the lull in the album’s mid-section, and is all the more annoying when you realise how special this record could have been with a little more quality control.
  5. Oct 21, 2013
    60
    Last year’s ‘Long Black Cars’ was already leaning in the direction of old school rock ‘n’ roll, but they fully embrace it here, and all the better for it (save for a few songs that could’ve done with less guitar solos, more Larkin-via-Cocker observations).