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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the Indiana quartet which includes Marty Spowles, brothers Luke and Jonathan Jones, and Luke's wife, Lauren Jones.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
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  1. Oct 20, 2011
    When you're operating on such a grand scale, and the exultant, openhearted Enemy/Lover is rarely outpaced by its lofty ambitions.
  2. Oct 20, 2011
    Shakespeare they ain't, but for those more concerned with pumping their fists next summer than parsing lyrics about orchards, Enemy/Lover is a compelling enough call to action.
  3. Oct 20, 2011
    Given a wider range of material to show off the group's considerable strengths (Jones is a powerful and expressive vocalist, and the band's control of texture and ambience is exquisite), Dreamers of the Ghetto could have produced a much more compelling debut.
  4. Oct 20, 2011
    As the album concludes somewhere in the seventh minute of "Tether," all the aim-for-the-heights stuff they're about just becomes its own locked-in loop, an epicness that feels less remarkable than simply familiar.
  5. Feb 1, 2012
    If there's unifying criticism of this album, it's just that too often this quartet is on its way somewhere, but doesn't really seem to have mapped out the journey all that clearly.
  6. Oct 20, 2011
    This may be as good as it gets for Dreamers of the Ghetto, and it's really just fair.