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  • Summary: The Brooklyn-based band formed in Colorado releases its debut album.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
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  1. Swathed as it is in the kind of ’80s arrangements of flutes and chiming guitars that have rarely been allowed beyond Carol Decker’s lushest, most velveteen fantasies, this album is an open goal to accusations of trend-following revivalism. But, like Ladyhawke’s debut, the sheer quality of songwriting justifies any retrospective leanings they may have.
  2. 80
    The result is the trio's startlingly impressive debut: astute, melodic evocations of plinky new wave and the Cocteau Twins' smeary dreams that achieve a timeless emotional response. [Nov 2008, p.89]
  3. Often lighter-than-air, Does You Inspire You? at times threatens to float away.
  4. 70
    Though Does You Inspire You doesn't always flow smoothly, the merit lies in its diversity--a quality that is often lacking in today's indie sound. [Spring 2009, p.103]
  5. This is good but not as great as it probably should have been.
  6. While it's hard to see them replicating the crossover success of their old friends, these cross-genre efforts at crafting similarly off-kilter pop are packed with intriguing details. [Dec 2008, p.128]
  7. Does You Inspire You has a few high points, most of them hidden in the quieter corners of the album. In its more strident moments, though, it's just plain puzzling.

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