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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Baltimore psych-folk rock band led by Dave Heumann includes a guest appearance by Dave Hadley.
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  1. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    Coming Out Of The Fog is an album of light and shade and one that benefits more from what's not in it than is.
  2. Feb 20, 2013
    80
    Lovers of folk rock take note: Arbouretum are likely to be a deserving early entry in your best of 2013 list. [19 Jan 2013, p.54]
  3. Jan 15, 2013
    70
    While there are some changes in pace here and there--the quicker, tenser "The Promise"; the piano-led title track that concludes the album; the short, fierce instrumental "Easter Island"--generally the album is a bit of a blur, shifting moods here and there without fully distinguishing itself track by track.
  4. Feb 6, 2013
    70
    Ultimately, Coming Out of the Fog is about song, rather than sound, but that sharply-crafted sound definitely its say as well.
  5. Jan 15, 2013
    69
    On Fog, Arbouretum does well by both parties [his songwriting influences: singer Will Oldham, with whom he toured as a backing guitarist, and Baltimore punk-rock-Gnostics, Lungfish].
  6. 60
    Their music, while distinctive, is a rather rudimentary and static thing, with a limited melodic spectrum. [Mar 2013, p.96]
  7. Jan 15, 2013
    40
    The band's fifth full-length is a sluggish drone of guitars so muddy they sound like they were recorded in a bog married to pseudo-spiritual waffling from singer Dave Heumann.

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