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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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