Grand Archives - Grand Archives
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  • Summary: The rock band formed by Band of Horses' Matt Brooke releases its debut album.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Grand Archives offers an impressively alternative take on American indie; blending a number of interesting influences to create a fresh and airy project.
  2. Singer Mat Brooke, formerly of Band of Horses and Carissa's Wierd, embraces the sunlight so rare to his home base of Seattle, leading his merry quintet on a journey to the happy place with a peaceful, warm, and affecting debut.
  3. The insularity of "Cease to Begin" certainly has its merits, and it's pointless to argue about who comes out on top here, but the way Grand Archives come forth with arms outsretched results in a debut that likely exceeds most expectations.
  4. Grand Archives is still an impressively modern take on American indie; taking the best from Southern Indie rock and tossing over some modern effects and innovative musicianship to create a genuinely genre bending project.
  5. Grand Archives ought to be more than a library of dusty riffs and Beach Boys records; Brooke's work succeeds where it adds fresh material to the shelves.
  6. Great in moments and undecided in others, The Grand Archives show hints of promise here, but don't really have enough to set them apart.
  7. They’ve got all the elements; they just need to find the right balance for them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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