Effra Parade - The Melodic
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  • Record Label: Epitaph
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Folk, British Folk, Alternative Folk
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
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  1. 70
    The record does get a little samey in parts, and at times feels like a soundtrack for another Juno or Away We Go. But the album fits a very particular aesthetic.
  2. Mar 21, 2014
    70
    Out of the box, the Melodic don't sound much like anyone else in British pop, and their individuality, imagination, and vision already make them something special.
  3. 60
    A beautifully fashioned, classy and meticulously crafted background music, perfect for Sunday brunch among the NPR crowd.
  4. Mar 21, 2014
    60
    Some may fine the ambient, tree-hugging Willow (Interlude) hard to stomach, however, and the lyrical flair that can elevate a debut album is sometimes lacking. [Apr 2014, p.91]
  5. Mar 21, 2014
    60
    At 15 tracks long there's occasionally some saggy moments, but with plenty of verve and sparkle in the main, The Melodic's debut proves unexpectedly life-affirming. [Apr 2014, p.115]
  6. Mar 21, 2014
    50
    The Melodic’s busy, busy style just doesn’t work with non-dynamic mixing. And the album can hurt the ears to the point of irritation.