Fight Softly

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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. In the end, Fight Softly is one of those crossover records that doesn’t have to compromise much to appeal to everyone.
  2. Fight Softly isn’t in the same league as Clouds Taste Metallic however, which, let’s face it, is among the very faintest of criticisms, but the fact remains that it is slightly hit and miss in places.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Under The Radar
    Fight Softly melds simple, fun pop with colorful foreign tones and demonstrate The Ruby Suns' unique and facinating approach to world-pop. [Winter 2010, p.65]
  6. Mojo
    While he's putting love into these rippling, galloping beats, the vocal melodies get a little samey. [Apr 2010, p.103]
  7. Vocalist Ryan McPhun deftly walks the line between embarassing naivete and calculation.

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