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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the New York-based band led by Welsh native Matt Hitt includes three songs from its 2013 EP, Between Us Girls.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Feb 14, 2014
    80
    Drowners wear their influences with pride, but their charm is all their own. [Mar 2014, p.112]
  2. 70
    ‘Ways To Phrase A Rejection’ proves the four-piece do a good enough job of recreating the kitchen-sink narratives of the era, but where they really excel is when they slip back into the 21st century.
  3. Jan 29, 2014
    70
    On record, there is an irresistible sprightliness in the songs that says these guys haven’t worried once about their near-tribute sound.
  4. 60
    Their brusque punk-pop style and his louche intonation suggest a tidier version of the Libertines.
  5. Jan 24, 2014
    58
    Drowners can’t inspire too much ill will or really any kind of strong reaction and that’s fair enough: it doesn’t deal in hot, dirty sex or catastrophic breakups, mostly drunken hookups and easy letdowns.
  6. Jan 28, 2014
    50
    The whole affair is ultimately an exercise in late-'90s indie rock ephemera, and like countless other acts before them, Drowners seem poised to fade away before they burn out.
  7. Jan 24, 2014
    30
    Drowners is a fun little record, if you want to get all patronizing about it, but it’s difficult to get any further than that because of its staggering unoriginality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 18, 2014
    8
    Drowners executes and mixes The Smiths and Strokes sound very well and creates a catchy post-punk record with style and flare. I can expectDrowners executes and mixes The Smiths and Strokes sound very well and creates a catchy post-punk record with style and flare. I can expect something even greater for their next album Expand