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  • Summary: The second album for the duo from New Orleans sees their music move toward a more pop sound while retaining their ambient style.
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  1. Apr 22, 2011
    80
    There's a great, brisk evening stroll quality here, drifting imperceptibly between wistful and paranoid.
  2. 80
    Common Era is remarkable for a variety of reasons that transcend textual directness. It defies expectations in ways most musicians don't even conceive, let alone attempt.
  3. Apr 5, 2011
    70
    The presence of familiar things makes their music go down easier this time around, but it remains a challenge, even after many listens, to feel like you understand what you're supposed to feel.
  4. Apr 5, 2011
    70
    Songs like the dreamily punchy pop of "A Walk" and "Different Heart" and the cascading, descending swirl and sonic moan of "Keep Still" don't reinvent wheels but do serve as good general exercises in the field, lovely, tender, and loud.
  5. Apr 5, 2011
    70
    Making good on their somewhat condescending promise, Belong takes the ambient noise-rock of their October Language LP and recalibrates it for a slightly less overwhelming listen.
  6. Apr 5, 2011
    68
    No matter how good these songs are (and many of them are quite good), the finished product is underwhelming, and I can only hope that I don't have to wait another half-decade to hear where they go next.
  7. Apr 5, 2011
    59
    Most of the songs are solid, with the possible exception of the slackened "Keep Still", but none after the first has much capacity to surprise us or deepen the palette.

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