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  • Summary: This is the full-length debut album for the New Zealand indie rock quartet.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 7, 2011
    Yes, its influences are easily identifiable and fairly fashionable, but the manner in which they're woven together renders the "derivative" tag a tad harsh in their case. Most importantly, their tunes are hard to shake.
  2. Feb 7, 2011
    Kudos doesn't so much follow on from the ragged density of songs like 'Mt. Kill' and 'Dickshakers Union' off their debut EP, but actually illustrates a band who've developed both a sound and identity all of their own in the process
  3. Feb 7, 2011
    It may be nothing all that new, but whether it's a nostalgia trip or a first-time discovery of just how well noise and melody can blend together, Kudos is vital listening for indie rock fans in 2011.
  4. Feb 7, 2011
    At its best, Surf City's debut is catchy in both melodies and enthusiasm. And while the latter occasionally prevents this album from achieving resonant emotional depths, "Icy Lakes" suggests that they are very capable of achieving those if they so choose.
  5. Feb 7, 2011
    The album is certainly easy to listen to but it could do with a bit more of the focus, directness and urgency of the band's EP. Perhaps, then Surf City will get the kudos they are looking for.
  6. 60
    Kudos shows a lot of potential. Songs like "Yazuka Park" reveal that they're capable of switching things up. They just need to balance it out, instead of riding steadily on the same distortion-heavy waves.
  7. Surf City spend the first third of Kudos hanging out with that same apathetic throng, but then surprise with a handful of genuinely exciting moments.

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