Idle Labor

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  • Summary: This is the pop debut from California-based singer-songwriter Justin Vallesteros.
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  1. Apr 20, 2011
    77
    As with so many bedroom auteurs' debuts, it's tough to separate the creation from the creator, and Idle Labor shows the promise of a precocious songwriter who isn't claiming to have anything totally figured out just yet.
  2. Apr 20, 2011
    70
    This is bedroom pop through and through, but his sharp pop chops rescue it.
  3. 60
    Each track is filled with indelible melodies and hooks sure to have you keeping time with your leg or tapping your toes. But with music like this, singing along is the ultimate litmus test, and unfortunately the non-descriptness of the vocals leaves this album lacking a bit of personality and memorability.
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    Jun 3, 2011
    60
    Feeling more airbrushed than lo-fi. [Jul 2011, p.79]
  5. 50
    The over-the-top mopey lyrics combine with the spot-on New Order impressions to come away as another solid, uninspired New Wave revival disc.
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