Emancipated Hearts - Dean Wareham
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  • Summary: The debut solo release for the Galaxie 500 and Luna frontman was produced by Jason Quever of Papercuts.
  • Record Label: Double Feature
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Dream Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 22, 2013
    90
    A gorgeous showcase that brings together everything you've ever loved about Wareham's music, Emancipated Hearts isn't just a mini-album, it's a minor masterpiece.
  2. Dec 18, 2013
    80
    Fuses Velvetsy heartbeat minimalism with pastoral strings and acoustic guitar. [Jan 2014, p.104]
  3. Jan 15, 2014
    80
    Delicately arranged, and sympathetically drenched in reverb by producer Jason Quever, its six tracks find him in typically hushed mood. [Feb 2014, p.83]
  4. Oct 22, 2013
    78
    Even at six tracks, it’s stunning how much life (and death) Wareham spreads over these tracks, and makes these tiny whispers of songs feel like the biggest secret anyone’s ever told you.
  5. Dec 6, 2013
    70
    There’s a world-weariness to Emancipated Hearts that only comes with age, and Wareham’s the kind of songwriter who is nothing but honest about where his head is at any given point.
  6. 70
    There’s rarely a moment over the past 25 years where Dean Wareham’s failed to deliver an album that’s at least three-quarters brilliant, and Emancipated Hearts doesn’t change that record.
  7. Nov 14, 2013
    60
    Overall, the EP--which would earn a higher grade if there were simply more of it--captures a contemplative Wareham midway between Luna’s driving pulse and the darker fare on Dean & Britta’s 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests.

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