Inside Your Guitar

  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Apr 7, 2009

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. This is a confident debut by a band that can only keep on improving.
  5. 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.
  6. Under The Radar
    Inside Your Guitar isn't necessarily the most original debut this year, but It Hugs Back manage to imbue their debut with a huge degree of potential. [Spring 2009, p.66]
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The group add nothing new to pre-existing genres, but are successful in customizing familiar sounds to suit their taste for clean tones and an abundance of negative space.
  10. 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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