Coastal Grooves - Blood Orange
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  • Summary: Former Test Icicles member Dev Hynes releases a solo album of experimental '80s electronica.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Aug 10, 2011
    100
    Hynes's voice is refined into an emotive croon. Inventive pop from a bright indie talent.
  2. Aug 19, 2011
    80
    A collection of balmy disco that call to mind some tropical union between Arthur Russell and Prince. [Sep 2011, p.81]
  3. Aug 30, 2011
    80
    An album that is fashionably slick, altogether tragic, and deceptively beautiful.
  4. 70
    The record leans at times too heavily on its basic formula of pizzicato electric guitar and seedy, somnambulant basslines. Still, as a slice of squalid glamour with a beating heart under its rusted exterior, Coastal Grooves deserves your attention.
  5. Aug 31, 2011
    70
    By not exerting himself, Hynes manages to craft an easy-to-listen, easy-to-enjoy album that will be spun as a change of pace.
  6. Aug 10, 2011
    60
    It's a shame that Hynes' songwriting chops haven't developed as quickly as his musical skills. But this shouldn't put the brakes on Hynes' progress: Coastal Grooves might be a forgettable, minor work, but Hynes' career to date proves that he shouldn't be written off easily.
  7. It's pleasant enough, but on the whole feels like Hynes' sketches towards an album, rather than the finished item.

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  1. Oct 11, 2011
    4
    That image on the cover might be confusing but this is not an album by Antony and the Johnsons. Blood Orange is Dev Hynes, a Texas-born British singer-songwriter. Coastal Grooves is mostly funk and while the opening three songs are totally joyous and, well, funky (especially Sutphin Boulevard and Iâ Collapse