Leave No Trace - Fool's Gold
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  • Summary: The sophomore album from the Los Angeles quintet fuses Afropop with '80s new wave.
  • Record Label: Iamsound
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Worldbeat
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 80
    Throughout, Fool's Gold lollop along confidently, Top's husky croon offset by Lewis Pesacov's guitar lines, like dewy spider's web.
  2. Aug 18, 2011
    80
    These 10 supple, radiant songs blur the boundaries between African pop an funky American new wave with the same glorious ease as Talking Heads' Speaking in Tongues. [Sep 2011, p.84]
  3. Sep 2, 2011
    70
    Leave No Trace favours synths over horns – in fact, it's not until about ten minutes in that we get our first taste of brass - and whilst the sound is still impressively full-bodied, without the continuous stream of interwoven saxophone and trumpet solos that made its predecessor such a joyous affair it feels pretty empty in comparison.
  4. Aug 22, 2011
    62
    In other words, Fool's Gold made a Foreign Born record.
  5. Aug 19, 2011
    60
    Open-mindedness and a change of approach is often laudable but, in this case, it has resulted in an album that, whilst entirely pleasant and enjoyable, is far less adventurous.
  6. Aug 17, 2011
    60
    Though still sunny and hooky, Leave No Trace lacks the enigmatic spark of its predecessor, especially now that the words are more readily understandable.
  7. Aug 16, 2011
    40
    The most surprising letdown, though, is vocalist Luke Top's decision to sing mainly in English, which only serves to highlight his shortcomings as a lyricist and emphasize an unfortunate nasal quality that didn't seem nearly as annoying in Hebrew.

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