Just Because - The Belle Brigade
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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the brother and sister duo of Barbara and Ethan Gruska was produced with Shawn Everett.
  • Record Label: ATO
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 28, 2014
    80
    Just Because doesn't break down any walls in its bid for pop/rock superiority, but with voices this pure and earworms this painless it doesn't have to, as the Gruskas have crafted a timeless-sounding collection of songs with contemporary tools, and most importantly, they've done it with finesse.
  2. Mar 28, 2014
    80
    DNA plus inspiration can be a potent combination. [Apr 2014, p.69]
  3. Mar 28, 2014
    75
    Ultimately, Just Because sounds like an almost-redefined version of The Belle Brigade, which is an impressive feat for a relatively new band. It’s just a little surprising that such a sad record can sound so blissfully blasé.
  4. Apr 18, 2014
    70
    The melodies are arranged with a cinematic sweep that elevates small moments of self-doubt and heartache into something bigger and more universal. [No. 108, p.53]
  5. Apr 1, 2014
    70
    It has more bite and seems to be more sincere, which will probably take them a long way, as they continue to figure out who they are.
  6. Mar 28, 2014
    68
    Barbara and Ethan Gruska return with springtime melodies, dreamy folk pop and R & B-influenced dance numbers.