Cursing the Sea - September Girls
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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the all-female noise-pop quintet from Dublin includes four singles from its previously released EPs.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
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  1. Mar 14, 2014
    80
    This latest iteration of gauzy grrrl garage rock does the sound right by tightening the hooks and adding more forceful rhythm.
  2. Jan 6, 2014
    80
    Cursing The Sea is an enjoyable listen from start to finish; whilst not possessing anything in the way of a number one single, the rawness and lo-fi feel will appeal to many.
  3. Jan 10, 2014
    80
    More Dum Dum than Vivian, September Girls’ debut LP is a reverb-ridden sass-pot of a thing--all fluttering eyelashes and scratchy underbelly.
  4. Caoimhe Derwin and Jessie Ward’s guitars have perfected that Jesus And Mary Chain kettle-whistle sound, lending a haunted air to otherwise energetic stomps like ‘Heartbeats’ and ‘Talking.
  5. Jan 14, 2014
    70
    Contrary to the slipshod musicianship of their older peers, September Girls are more than competent unit that model themselves accurately with a toughened exterior, and most of the flaws arise out of its production inconsistencies; the most glaring being the distracting interchange between vocal clarity and obfuscation between tracks, and the whirring fuzz is stretched out far too thin.
  6. Jan 8, 2014
    70
    There’s a difference between original and interesting, though, and there’s plenty of the band’s own identity on Cursing the Sea, which marks the start of what could yet be a tremendous 2014 for the quintet in deliciously dark fashion.
  7. 60
    Even if their formula is nothing new, something sleek and sinewed runs through their songs that gives urgency to the unkempt and noisy haze.

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