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  • Summary: This is the debut release for the indie group led by Austin-based artist Stefanie Franciotti.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 88
    On the whole, Forever is downcast, introspective, and melodic.
  2. The record is at its best when it combines its pop sensibilities with its ambient leanings.
  3. Oct 6, 2011
    70
    Ultimately, the album's song-oriented material is the most memorable.
  4. Oct 6, 2011
    70
    While Franciotti's work is far from unique in its revival both of lo-fi synth panoramas and of ambient experimentalism, the combination and alternation of the two allows Forever a certain originality beyond other musicians mining either one or the other vein.
  5. Nov 9, 2011
    70
    There are some points where the music becomes overburdened by its lavish texturing, primarily in the few instrumental tracks, but for the most part the album functions as a beautiful, illusory trip from start to finish. [Oct. 2011, p. 113]
  6. Oct 11, 2011
    60
    Overall, I get the sense that Sleep Over, with all of its slit-eyed graveyard intonations, is a band that might actually improve from here, but it's padded instrumental sections evidenced on their first album here might make you feel a little bit, well, sleepy.
  7. Dec 22, 2011
    60
    Forever is a mood album, heavily sedated and perpetually out of focus, like an R.E.M. dream after cough syrup.

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