Grace/Confusion - Memory Tapes
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  • Summary: This is the third full-length album for Dayve Hawk as Memory Tapes.
  • Record Label: Carpark Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Dream Pop, Ambient Pop
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Dec 4, 2012
    91
    By throwing out the genre rulebook, Hawk is pushing electronic music into weirder, more exciting territory, chillwave purists be damned.
  2. Dec 4, 2012
    80
    They take the things about Italo disco and synth pop that I love and imbibe them with genuine humanity and masterful songwriting.
  3. 75
    The disc's six tracks clock in at less than 40 minutes, so there isn't really time to screw things up on a royal scale, making Grace/Confusion a fine listen.
  4. Dec 4, 2012
    70
    The album, titled Grace/Confusion, offers the chillwave sound that Hawk is known for but with a fuller, crisper and more melodic take.
  5. Dec 6, 2012
    62
    While Grace/Confusion may lean too heavily on Hawk's production, it's a hair better than Player Piano. But it's hard to call it an "improvement" or "progression" considering it's hardly outside the scope of what Memory Tapes has done so far.
  6. Dec 11, 2012
    60
    With no track under six minutes in length, some editing wouldn't have gone amiss. [Jan 2013, p.107]
  7. Dec 3, 2012
    40
    It's simply warmed-over easy listening as rendered by a lo-fi producer who, ironically enough, seems outdated and outmatched in a genre known for being both retro-obsessed and DIY.

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