Inside Your Guitar - It Hugs Back
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  • Summary: The English indie-rock band releases its debut full-length album on 4AD.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Don’t relegate Inside Your Guitar to personal music players such as your PC or mp3 player. Make sure you give it a couple of attentive spins on the big stereo in order to fully enjoy it’s resonant beauty.
  2. Though their debut album is considerably more polished and focused-sounding than their EPs, the uniquely winsome quality of It Hugs Back's music remains, with buzzing keyboards and fuzzy guitars.
  3. This is a record that wraps itself around you like a kohl-eyed Winona Ryder in an early-'90s slacker movie and doesn't let go for a solid, dream-like 40 minutes.
  4. It’s music that requires a few listens before all the nuances reveal themselves. If you’re willing to make the effort, you will be handsomely rewarded.
  5. Despite the jolts of tranquillity-shattering feedback (best heard on 'Q' and 'Don't Know,' which get the balance of staticky squeals versus daydreaming vocals just about right), the album meanders along unobtrusively.
  6. When It Hugs Back do get loud, like on album highlight 'Back Down,' they show flashes of talent and vitality that they never let show between the purposefully considered and quiet haze that dominates way too much of Inside Your Guitar.
  7. Its complete lack of anything unique just reeks of someone in the background, someone with a suit and a cigar, shaking hands with these fellows and telling them they’re “gonna blow up.”

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