Dancer Equired - Times New Viking
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  • Summary: The lo-fi indie pop trio from Ohio return with their fifth album--their first album recorded in a proper studio.
  • Record Label: Merge
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Noise Pop
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
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  1. Apr 26, 2011
    83
    While Dancer Equired boasts improved fidelity, Times New Viking makes sure not to shape up too much; the songs casually meander toward tunefulness, with wiry guitar riffs stumbling over fumbling drums and flat-footed boy-girl harmonies.
  2. Apr 28, 2011
    80
    Dancer Equired is a fine and mature next entry in the growing catalog of three of Columbus' finest.
  3. May 10, 2011
    80
    Dancer Equired is short at thirty minutes, but it does the job of re-leasing Times New Viking's mad energy.
  4. 70
    Ultimately, this record shows what can go really right when artists push the boundaries. Times New Viking purists fear not, though, the grit's still there and the edges are still rough; they've just dusted off the surface so you can see a bit more of the shine that's been there all along.
  5. May 4, 2011
    70
    Times New Viking are just as wilfully, wonderfully lo-fi as ever, but five albums in they've finally let the listener get that little bit closer to the heart of what they do.
  6. Apr 27, 2011
    63
    The continuous hitmaking of Present the Paisley Reich might be gone forever, but Dancer Equired offers up enough catchy pop jams to warrant a listen.
  7. 50
    Where the first four records (and particularly the Matador releases) sounded like a band fighting for their lives – or at least pretty keen to make you listen – this is the sound of a band struggling to muster the energy to go on.

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