Fight Softly - The Ruby Suns
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  • Summary: The third album for the New Zealand-based indie band led by Ryan McPhun is its first on the Sub Pop label.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
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  1. In the end, Fight Softly is one of those crossover records that doesn’t have to compromise much to appeal to everyone.
  2. Yet despite the gadgetry that went into the album’s production, Fight Softly is still a sunny piece of work, filled with gorgeous pop melodies that are complex but rarely challenging.
  3. Fight Softly is, while not a game-changer, certainly a level-raiser. It glistens with pop immediacy, rollicks with breathtaking percussive interpositions, and clatters to a beat entirely of its own construct.
  4. Words tend to be swallowed in the mix, but what floats through hints at memories and self-searching: a carnival of introspection.
  5. 70
    But for all the labels and feelings the album conjures and provokes, Fight Softly ends up sounding like a bunch of beats and blips gesticulating wildly instead of a cohesive body of melodies and songs.
  6. 60
    While he's putting love into these rippling, galloping beats, the vocal melodies get a little samey. [Apr 2010, p.103]
  7. With Fight Softly they seem so out of sync, so bland and so disappointing.

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