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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British indie pop duo of Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson was produced by Colin Elliot.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jul 8, 2014
    90
    By the time the spine-tingling hidden track after the closing Wanderer Wandering has faded out, you’ll be convinced you’ve heard one of the best albums of the year.
  2. 85
    Slow Club are grander than ever, shimmering like disco balls, toting an LP that’ll break them into mainstream darlinghood; by the sounds of this bolshy confidence and tune-garlanded melange, they’re not only ready, but expecting it.
  3. Jul 10, 2014
    80
    This new sense of ambition is crucial for a once-whimsical band, and is reflected in their banishment of nu-folk tweeness in favour of bombastic Motown soul.
  4. Jul 14, 2014
    76
    Listening to Complete Surrender, you get the sense that Taylor and Watson would be just as happy making music for, and with, each other in their spare time, revelling in their companionship.
  5. Jul 28, 2014
    70
    There are at least five tracks here which are a class apart from anything else they’ve written, and hint at a dexterity and professionalism that hadn’t really been previously evident. On the other hand, it’s probably the least consistent of Slow Club’s three albums so far.
  6. Jul 17, 2014
    70
    Complete Surrender shows that Taylor and Watson are willing to stretch out and continue their evolution as they deliver a strong third outing.
  7. Sep 3, 2014
    40
    Even stripping off the gloss doesn’t help, because there’s not much under it.

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  1. Oct 1, 2014
    10
    Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson, Slow Club, have evolved so magnificently and noticeably from the very good pop-friendly music of their debut "Yeah, So?" What was once a jaunty exchange about love and all of its nuances - sometimes Taylor taking the vocals; sometimes Watson - has now morphed into a moodier kind of album/band who are still all about the theme of loving moods. I must admit that I haven't heard their 2nd album yet, but this album "Complete Surrender" has, Taylor, sounding a little like Lana Del Rey being backed on vocals with Charles Watson, and their individual songs match each other's perfectly. The sound is that of a very different band - in a good way - from their 2009 debut, and I welcome the change. Really good sultry music with two really good singer/songwriters who I hope someday will be more noticed and appreciated. Collapse Expand