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  • Summary: 'Free To Stay' is the second record for the indie-pop duo of sisters Chloe (drums) and Asya (keyboards, vocals), who have opened for Death Cab for Cutie, Pearl Jam, Sufjan Stevens, The Go! Team and others, and who just happen to be 12 and 14 years old.
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  1. Free To Stay is all about hyper, exuberant tunes as accessible to Kidz Bop kids as they are to parents.
  2. There are shortcomings... When Smoosh are good, though, they're really good.
  3. It’s clear that the duo’s songwriting is developing wonderfully and their chemistry and willingness to experiment with sonic trickery is expanding their sound, even while relying less on the silliness that marked their debut.
  4. Imperfect as it is, you still have to admire Free To Stay as a gleeful paean to the joy and freedom of being young and a happy.
  5. Free to Stay is loaded with complex harmonies and awesome distorted keyboard sounds (hey, this is what Quasi were supposed to sound like!).
  6. It's their simplicity and lack of pretense that's so refreshing to hear and what makes Free to Stay so listenable.
  7. While charming, it’s still a little too forgettable to be really exciting on its own merits.

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  1. EmmaC
    Sep 14, 2006
    10
    Smoosh is AMAZING. There are no other words for it. No others.
  2. AdrianoC
    Jun 30, 2006
    10
    Let me change the sentence from one of the critics above: this is what perfect pop is supposed to sound like. Uncompromised yet beautifully Let me change the sentence from one of the critics above: this is what perfect pop is supposed to sound like. Uncompromised yet beautifully done, with some surprising melancholic moments. One of the best albums of 2006 so far. Expand
  3. DanielS
    Jun 18, 2006
    10
    Perfection! As simple as that, really.
  4. HayleyS
    Jul 9, 2006
    10
    Brilliant Songs. A wonderful second CD Release of Smoosh.
  5. JD
    Jun 15, 2006
    9
    They have some suprising hooks. I like this album more and more. I'm changing my vote from eight to nine.
  6. ChadS
    Jul 8, 2006
    8
    Ben Lee's "Grandpaw Would" was a nice album, but none of the songs made me forget that he was all of fifteen. That is not the case here. Ben Lee's "Grandpaw Would" was a nice album, but none of the songs made me forget that he was all of fifteen. That is not the case here. The ages of these two girls become irrelevant before the first track is over. "I Would Go" and the title track ooze with charm; sweet, but innocuously so. There's wit, too, as much wit as a twelve-year-old girl, and then some. The album's only misstep, I think, is the guitar on "Waiting for Something". They have all the time in the world to expand their sound. I also like how they go Neal Sedaka on us, and offer an alternative version of "Gold". Smoosh is not a novelty act. Expand
  7. MattD.
    Jun 14, 2006
    5
    Actually, I'd give it a 5.5. Smoosh has talent, and they are heading in an interesting direction, but their youth and inexperience make Actually, I'd give it a 5.5. Smoosh has talent, and they are heading in an interesting direction, but their youth and inexperience make only some songs enjoyable. I think critics giving it good reviews are influenced by the fact that Smoosh is indie. Expand