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  • Summary: This is the debut album from the playful Californian, five-piece band.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Dec 1, 2011
    80
    Pillado's songs are super-catchy and his vocals spot-on, and the band sounds perfectly shambolic but also full of energy and verve, sort of like a cross between the Pastels and a jangly '60s garage band like the Dovers.
  2. Feb 14, 2012
    74
    A boilerplate, but immensely satisfying, noise-pop record.
  3. While Sea Lions blow through fifteen songs in less than a half-hour, it's startling how nice they all sound as they fly by, and even more so how little remains in memory even a few seconds after the last sweetly chiming note fades into silence.
  4. 60
    Bandleader Adrian Pillado and the rest of the group work their way through their retro surf-influenced blasts of pop with ease.
  5. Apr 2, 2012
    50
    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid to Ask feels more like a home demo that needs considerable polishing than a proper debut album.