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Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. It's more than a return to form for SSLYBY--it's potentially their finest hour.
  2. Let It Sway proves that SSLYBY are still a power-pop force to be reckoned with, and that they're nicely outgrowing the offhand irony of their name.
  3. Three albums deep into their career, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have accomplished something commendable with Let It Sway: it's an album that sounds fresh and interesting that also keeps the fires of generational pop nostalgia burning brightly in a whole new setting.
  4. There's nothing all that intelligent about anything SSLYBY have said or played, and Let It Sway is no exception--but someone will always love pure, simple, feel-good pop rock.
  5. Sometimes, this careful approach serves as a detriment to the bandmembers, who'd do well to crank up their amplifiers once in a while and see what their pop sensibilities sound like at high volume. On the other hand, Let It Sway is the sound of a band doing what it does best, and it's nice to hear SSLYBY get their groove back.
  6. The album's lyrical shortcomings are easy to overlook, especially when most of its best parts occur when the words drop away entirely and the crisp handclaps come in. It's that sort of giddy, emotional, inarticulate pop that Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin does best, and Walla does his part in bringing that side of them out.
  7. Sway is a noticeable sonic upgrade from SSLYBY's previous two albums, which can be somewhat off-putting at first, Still, the progression suits the quartet rather fine. [Sep 2010, p.113]
  8. SSLYBY have every right to feel like they have a chip on their shoulder, and if they can somehow manage to inject some grit next time out, they could be looking at a success that's an even greater revenge than "Critical Drain".
  9. The rest of the album slides downhill, a mix of inoffensive and unremarkable power-pop with the occasional slow jam to break the wistful monotony-the perfect soundtrack to cruising the streets of Seattle in your 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
  10. You could call it inconsistency, but you can tell they never signed up for the mission of steering the chasm of modern rock music. Instead, they're four guys doing what they want, culling their influences and breathing life into whatever construct emerges. But regardless of where it falls on the spectrum, it's always fun.
  11. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin continue their downward slide on Let It Sway. Much of the new disc lacks the variety that was spread over their debut in favor of a straightforward power-pop sound found on most of the 12 tracks here. [Summer 2010, p.80]
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  1. Dec 21, 2010
    9
    Great indie-pop record all the way through. I've seen these guys live twice and they're phenomenal and fresh. They have become one of myGreat indie-pop record all the way through. I've seen these guys live twice and they're phenomenal and fresh. They have become one of my favorite bands working today. Highly recommended. Full Review »