Confess - Twin Shadow
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  • Summary: The follow-up to the singer's 2010 debut was self-produced and mixed by Michael H. Brauer.
  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Alternative Dance
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Jul 10, 2012
    It's a strong follow-up to Forget and a seasonal album that will last long after the summer ends.
  2. Jul 10, 2012
    The collection is streamlined, but not minimal, and it boasts stylish anger that could soundtrack a thousand fashion collections.
  3. Jul 5, 2012
    While both of Lewis's albums are brimming with nostalgia, Confess jettisons Forget's sense of caution for adventure and a greater spectrum of genres, making it an altogether superior effort, and one of the few modern indie releases that handles its '80s reverence with dexterity.
  4. Jul 13, 2012
    The infectious beats and catchy hooks are still a driving force, but Lewis has abandoned the bedroom vibes to surge ahead with full-on amphetamine-induced vigor.
  5. Jul 10, 2012
    Lewis's ultra-confident, high-gloss sincerity is more often than not pretty hard to resist.
  6. Jul 31, 2012
    A richly schlocky LP, bleeding neon all over songs that would be worthy side-closers on any Breakfast Club-era breakup tape.
  7. Jul 12, 2012
    On Confess his tired, joyless music and moribund, hackneyed and hankey lyricism suggests a man whose concept of romanticism would go nicely with a Nairn cracker and dab of quince jelly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Aug 2, 2012
    Confess is a lot more likeable than Forget, a lot more pleasant and consistent. It's clearly more commercial too, although that's not properly bad here. A pretty simple record but yet with multiple layres, impeccably crafted synths and some great cryptic lyrics. Definitely on my top3 of 2012. Expand
  2. Aug 19, 2012
    A very linear and logical move, Gerorge Lewis Jr. crafts another pleasantly aching heart-breaker of an album. Confess basically magnifies all of what made Forget such an amazing album. Yearning melodies, dancy synths, and love-scorned lyrics are all executed to perfection and undeniably what makes this such a listenable and rewarding album. With all instruments being played by Lewis, he scores the perfect soundtrack to all his emotional woes. Forget sounded like the work of someone trying to draw inspiration from memories of childhood and adolescence, hazy recollections from a past the author seemed determined to forget but just couldnt. Confess on the other hand is completely immersed in the present circumstances of its creator, a love starved neo-greaser with a soft side. Confess also benefits from the fact that the production while clearly taking its cues from 80's dance pop still sounds so of-the-moment. One of the years best. Expand
  3. Apr 16, 2013
    Confess is a much more confident, follow up to Forget and this is a definite positive. This new Twin Shadow is a much less likeable character than the one we heard in Forget, but an admirable one. Joyful and nostalgic soundscapes can be found across the board with highlights in Five Seconds, Mirror in the Dark and You Call Me On Expand
  4. Jul 13, 2012
    A very strong, albeit somewhat expected, transition from his earlier release, Forget. Lewis has honed his Duran-Duran-Seagulls-Tears/Fears-Bowie-Lost Boys-esque sound to a high-gloss sheen. Great stuff to put on and slip away into a distant, pastel-hued past; creepingly clever lyrics. In summary, it's the idea of the 80s as you wanted them to be -- funny thing this guy wasn't even old enough to remember. Collapse