Hymn and Her - Earlimart
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  • Summary: Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray return with this follow-up to last year's "Mentor Tormentor."
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Releasing another full-length effort less than a year later is unusual, but the accelerated pace might account for the infusion of freshness that makes Hymn and Her so arresting.
  2. 84
    The duo might just be a match made in heaven, as Hymn and Her is one of the most cohesive two-voiced albums in recent history. [Summer 2008, p.94]
  3. Although little on Hymn and Her finds Earlimart venturing into new territory, there's a familiarity felt throughout that remains comforting, and sometimes that's just enough.
  4. It's ideal music for headphones, where the clever production can reveal all of its layers.
  5. Rather than fully implementing Earlimart Phase Two, as they have hinted, the duo is still dressing up the same minimally satisfying ditties in ruffly fuzz; its still scrupulously orchestrating the same kinds of songs that appear on simpler, better Earlimart records.
  6. Make no mistake, though--the music of Hymn and Her is good, and the songs are almost always uniformly excellent examples of finely-honed pop songcraft. But when each excellent song sounds just like the slow, rainy Sunday pulse of a track that just preceded it, well, a few less hymns and a few more songs for rocking are in order.
  7. Unfortunately, there is nothing here that they haven't done before with more attractive results.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. PedroE.
    Jul 6, 2008
    One more time, Earlimart have done an emotional grenade of sound that impacts every single heart with a pound of sensibility inside it. Ariana Murray really has improve herself and Aaron Espinoza keeps delivering fine and classy strings harmonies that makes Earlimart, one of the most elegant and refined sounds in indie pop this days. Unbelievable that they haven't been signed by a major yet. Earlimart are sooo under rated! Sad, sad, world. Expand
  2. MarkS.
    Jul 14, 2008
    Consistent throughout is always a good thing, and this relaxed sounding but somewhat neo-folkadelically depressed duo have struck out like a concerned Citizen Genêt on Ritalin and entered the realm of Cali-Boho minor-key perfection. Expand