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  • Summary: The second full-length release for Brooklyn-based band was recorded in upstate New York.
  • Record Label: Western Vinyl Records
  • Genre(s): R&B, Soul, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Neo-Soul, Alternative Dance, Post-Disco, Neo-Disco
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 80
    Electric Balloon sees Ava Luna staying the course in producing music that is as heady, adventurous and intelligent as that of their debut, if not more so.
  2. Mar 7, 2014
    78
    Electric Balloon is top-heavy, however, and the back half of the record drifts out of focus due to some grooves that—rather than sparkle--simply repeat.
  3. Mar 3, 2014
    77
    Ava Luna are an exhilarating live band, and Electric Balloon is the first thing they've done that comes close to bottling that energy.
  4. Mar 3, 2014
    70
    The streamlining does much for the album, giving the songs enough space to let their varied and often contrasting influences meld nicely with the band's unique visions.
  5. 70
    The record keeps pulsating from one energy to another, suggesting art project and ritual.
  6. Mar 12, 2014
    67
    Brooklyn's Ava Luna makes disparate funk for these desperate times. The band's second proper full-length packs in more references than a LinkedIn profile.
  7. Mar 10, 2014
    40
    At best, it's eccentricity gone wild--there's no shortage of weird noises creeping in throughout--and at worst, just confusing.

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