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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Tom Dougall-led rock band was produced by Dan Carey.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
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  1. Dougall relies too much on overly simplistic lyrics, and it gets a bit annoying.... But this is a minor flaw in what is otherwise a strong second album from a band in the ascendancy.
  2. Dec 9, 2013
    80
    Join the Dots shows that instead of limiting themselves, TOY have just gotten better overall--arguably the more difficult, and rewarding, path for a band to take.
  3. Jan 30, 2014
    80
    No matter what confection the band prepares, the melody is the cake and the trippiness the frosting, making Join the Dots one of the most non-head accessible psych rock records since Tame Impala’s breakthrough.
  4. Dec 30, 2013
    65
    For the most part though, this is the sound of a band with huge, yet-to-be-realized potential.
  5. Jan 7, 2014
    60
    Their new album features more jangling indie-pop than before.... But when the similarly inclined Too Far Gone To Know and closer Fall Out Of Love suddenly stir as the Krauty riffing recommences, you're left pondering. [Jan 2014, p.125]
  6. Dec 6, 2013
    60
    There's no denying the wind-rush thrill of the title track, nor the malevolent pull of "Fall Out Of Love," but you'd expect such a capable band to disguise their affection for MBV, Ride and Kitchens of Distinction rather better on their second album. [Jan 2014, p.78]
  7. Dec 9, 2013
    50
    A pleasant enough album, but when it comes down to it, Toy are much more appealing when they soar rather than tread water.

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