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  • Summary: The fourth album for the indie-rock duo from North Carolina.
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  1. Life Like, should reassure longtime Rosebuds fans—those who remember the good ol' days of 2003, when the band revivified the lost arts of jangle and shuffle on their stellar debut Make Out—that husband-and-wife Rosebuds founders Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp still remember how to write hooks, marry them to offbeat lyrics, and render the results cleanly.
  2. 80
    By drawing from their past and crafting intriguing sonic hybrids rather than self-consciously aiming for some dubious new turf, the Rosebuds have, accidentally or not, wound up with their most satisfying album yet.
  3. 70
    They use mopey melodies and nature imagery to evoke heart's near the breaking point. [Nov 2008, p.100]
  4. The Rosebuds have long threatened to be the best, and smartest, pure pop band going, and with Life Like they take a big step towards becoming exactly that.
  5. Their light touch and unfailing ability to deliver un-telegraphed emotional punches on Life Like make the album a strong addition to the Rosebuds already impressive catalog.
  6. Life Like may not beg for repeated listens as much as Birds Make Good Neighbors but it’s still an honest and original piece of work that is sorely needed in these times.

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