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  • Summary: The debut album for the Montreal band was mixed by Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes.
  • Record Label: Mexican Summer
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Noise Pop, Shoegaze
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  1. Feb 8, 2011
    80
    The shoegaze genre usually plays better in a live context, yet Ghost Blonde is a relatively immersive record. You need to crank the volume to hear the vocals, but it's the guitars that provide the hooks anyway.
  2. Feb 8, 2011
    80
    Ghost Blonde brings a glimmer of hope to those who feel that noise has remained stagnant, past overdue its last hurrah. As these set of songs pinpoints, there's still plenty to discover in a genre that has always shown itself as deviously minimal.
  3. Mar 1, 2011
    80
    There's an ineffable quality to No Joy's music that truly works. [Dec 2010, p.51]
  4. Feb 8, 2011
    77
    while Ghost Blonde can feel like it's keeping the listener at arm's length, further listens reveal a record full of vibrancy, the kind in which you soon find yourself fully immersed.
  5. Feb 8, 2011
    76
    Despite the angst and contemplation, Ghost Blonde brings a bit of elation to a new, directionless generation of shoegazers.
  6. May 4, 2011
    70
    With Ghost Blonde, No Joy have chiselled all the shoegaze basics into a formidable account of themselves. An indispensable album of their own is not far off.
  7. As well as the miasma of Lush and MBV, the likes of 'Heedless' have a skewed Breeders-ish growl that keeps lines satisfyingly defined amid the sun-bleached, soft-focus beauty.

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