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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Orange County psych-rock band was produced by Hanni El Khatib and Johnny Bell of Crystal Antlers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Feb 20, 2013
    70
    The band's debut for the Innovative Leisure label, forces noisy indie rock, stoner metal, trippy psychedelic pop, and freak folk to sit at the same lunch table, resulting in a spirited yet oh so slightly hesitant food fight that goes just far enough to earn a couple of detentions.
  2. Feb 21, 2013
    70
    There are no prominent electronics on Island Universe, but it's a relatively ambitious, often distortion-less statement that feels more spacious than the band's (former) basement-rock peers.
  3. Mar 20, 2013
    70
    Island Universe is a reassuringly confident and energetic album, and suggests a band with enough promise to make even stronger bodies of work in the future.
  4. May 20, 2013
    60
    It delivers drama in spades. [Jun 2013, p.95]
  5. Feb 20, 2013
    59
    Feeding People's energy is abundant and undeniable, but all over the place on Island Universe.
  6. Mar 22, 2013
    55
    Their overly straightforward rock tends to be a little more Jefferson Starship than Airplane. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.103]
  7. Feb 20, 2013
    30
    Clocking in at just over 40 minutes, Island Universe is about 25 minutes too long and would have better served as a short EP, or an abandoned pile of demos.

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  1. Mar 25, 2013
    4
    It's just messed up! All the things cluttered in the air. Despite that fact, this would be an...okay neo-psychedelia album. But IslandIt's just messed up! All the things cluttered in the air. Despite that fact, this would be an...okay neo-psychedelia album. But Island Universe is way too messy. Expand