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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Rhode Island punk rock band was produced by Greg Norman and Fugazi's Guy Picciotto.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
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  1. Aug 14, 2017
    88
    The Providence, R.I., group’s third studio album, Cost of Living (Sub Pop), marks a step up in production clarity, with Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto slightly altering the band’s balance of power while retaining its not-having-it attitude.
  2. Aug 11, 2017
    83
    Her message is crystal clear, as is the rest of Cost Of Living. Downtown Boys is determined to be the kind of band we need right now, delivering the kind of punk that that aims to change the world.
  3. Aug 10, 2017
    80
    The Trump administration--not to mention the bright production by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto--has given them a sense of space and melody, something that allows vocalist and lyricist Victoria Ruiz’s righteous proclamations to rise.
  4. Aug 9, 2017
    75
    Cost of Living revels in the gleaming, multi-tracked expanse of a professional recording studio. It’s a richer, fuller sound; the stereo imaging is wider and the saxophone (they’ve stripped down to just one, now played by Joe DeGeorge, who also handles keyboards) has more presence in the mix. The bigger, brighter sound often serves them well.
  5. Oct 6, 2017
    70
    Now is a perfect time for a band like their’s to prosper, and Cost of Living fulfills the noblest of expectations.
  6. Aug 14, 2017
    70
    Produced by Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, the Boys' third album comes with the potent sonic upgrade they deserve.
  7. Q Magazine
    Aug 1, 2017
    60
    The band's simmering anger are leavened by a sophisticated musical backdrop utilising brass and keyboards. [Sep 2017, p.109]

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  1. Sep 12, 2017
    6
    Sparks of fun energy and interesting meaning throughout the album’s presentation made it a decent listening experience, but overall the band’sSparks of fun energy and interesting meaning throughout the album’s presentation made it a decent listening experience, but overall the band’s odd creative process and gritty yet unsubstantial sound didn’t do enough to reach anything of real importance. My Score: 117/180 (Good) = 6.5/10 Expand