Joyland - Trust
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  • Summary: This is the second release for the Canadian electronic pop now-solo project of Robert Alfons (Maya Postepski left to concentrate on her position as Austra's drummer).
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  1. Mar 4, 2014
    80
    Although a few tracks ("Geryon," "Four Gut") suffer from muddy and unfocused melodies, there are far too many great ideas, quirky earworms and sonic peaks to give any critic reason to lampoon the title of this well-conceived, well-executed album.
  2. Apr 7, 2014
    80
    Although playful in a creative way, this is a serious album.
  3. Apr 22, 2014
    80
    While not a reinvention, Joyland does an excellent job of sharpening and streamlining Trust’s sound into something even better than that displayed on the debut.
  4. Mar 4, 2014
    70
    Joyland is going to take a few more spins than TRST to really set in, but the deeper you dig, the more you realize how meaty it is.
  5. Mar 14, 2014
    68
    The oily, immersive Joyland's very nearly the equal of its predecessor. But with so many similarities--and so little growth--between the two records, it's a little like spending another night at the same club: once you've gotten the lay of the land, the thrills are never quite so thrilling.
  6. 67
    An intensified ambiguity bathed in technological sentiment.
  7. 58
    A record that’s all too often content with mediocrity even though its finest moments reveal just how close it came to greatness.

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