Good Mood Fool

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  • Summary: The fourth full-length solo release for Here We Go Magic's frontman was recorded in an upstate New York cabin with backing from Dirty Projectors' Mike Johnson and We Go Magic bandmate, Eliot Krimsky.
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  • Record Label: Secretly Canadian
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Chillwave
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  1. 85
    Much like a Full English and a strong cup of tea, Luke Temple wipes away the hangover from what you might otherwise call pop’s misguided choices (including the bubble perm and Kylie-and-Jason collabs), leaving only the happy memories of dancing to ’80s classics like it’s 1999.
  2. 80
    Temple’s unassuming sound can often hide how experimental he is. Not so on the lysergic electronics of ‘Sue’, which swirl like watercolour dreams.
  3. Nov 26, 2013
    80
    I’m all set to say that Good Mood Fool is my favourite Temple-related record since the HWGM debut.
  4. Oct 14, 2013
    70
    It’s the sound of someone getting the kinks out of the system rather than incorporating old influences seamlessly into a new sound. Still, the final verdict? Very decent.
  5. Oct 31, 2013
    70
    You can see how easy it would have been for Luke Temple to be complacent here; he had built up a solid reputation in the indie world and it would have been simple to release a toned-down Here Goes The Magic album. But instead we ended up with this album and I, for one, could not be any happier.
  6. Nov 11, 2013
    65
    A few awkward moments aside, Fool is at its best when Temple sounds the least like the Here We Go Magic guy; its buoyant, unfussy front half, out of character though it is, is up there with Temple's best work.
  7. Nov 14, 2013
    40
    Good Mood Fool takes several listens before it’s possible to fully appreciate its full potential.

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