Freedom Wind - The Explorers Club
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  • Summary: The six-piece band from South Carolina releases its debut album on the Dead Oceans label.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
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  1. 100
    Hailing from the wrong coast, the Charleston, South Carolina-based Explorers Club have done the near-impossible, turning an obsession with everything Beach Boys into an utterly beguiling pop album. [June 2008, p.88
  2. Frankly, the album is beautiful--wholly, deeply, and truly. Which leaves the ultimate verdict up to those who have strong opinions, one way or the other, on The Beach Boys and the concept of originality.
  3. If you don't like the Beach Boys, you won't like this.
  4. If you like your pop music with harmonies and heart then the Explorers Club could well have recorded the soundtrack to your summer.
  5. Freedom Wind includes three of the four songs on the Explorers Club's original EP, and it partly fulfills that record's promise.
  6. The Exploreres Club may churn out some great tunes, but they're just re-treading hallowed ground. [Spring 2008, p.75]
  7. The Explorers Club spend so much time showing us how good they are at sounding like the Beach Boys or the Byrds, that they totally forget to show us what they sound like themselves.
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  1. CathyW.
    Jun 5, 2008
    10
    Great catchy tunes that are fun to listen to! I never get tired of it!
  2. EdS.
    Jun 27, 2008
    10
    The best 60's style harmony pop in years with shades of the Beach Boys, Turtles, Association and Jan and Dean. Every track is a winner.
  3. KenC.
    Jun 28, 2008
    10
    This group made me realise that even today we can celebrate great 'Harmony Heroes' from the past with original songs and great musicianship. Absolutely superb and although derivitive of the past they bring something distinctive with their songs and sound. Expand
  4. Cables
    Jun 5, 2008
    9
    I saw these guys play in scranton with the swims. This album delivers on the promise that they're early ep showed.