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  • Summary: The Rosebuds bandmates Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp reunite to record an emotional album of failed love and a hopeful future.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
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  1. From heartache and vulnerability through to acceptance and salvaging a friendship when all could have potentially been lost, who needs a plane to fly low when the detail and scenery on offer here in these forty minutes is already far more beautiful, dazzling, and effortlessly uplifting?
  2. Jun 10, 2011
    Making the record was reportedly grueling, but the resultant emotions are the realest felt since the duo's exuberant 2003 debut, Rosebuds Make Out. "Swooning" and "romantic" might be odd adjectives to use at this juncture, but they still apply in full force.
  3. Jun 13, 2011
    Loud Planes Fly Low captures fragmented moments instead of formless dreams and random wishes: the melancholia that lingers throughout feels like one of experience rather than self-conscious ennui.
  4. Jun 13, 2011
    Some marriages end with shrieks, others with sighs. On Loud Planes Fly Low, Rosebuds co-conspirators Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp set their breakup sighs to a Greek chorus of lo-fi keyboards, singing things they can't bring themselves to say.
  5. Jul 7, 2011
    Loud Planes Fly Low has heart and soul to it, both very familiar with wells of confusion and despair; unfortunately, it's not the first heart and soul to chart these depths.
  6. 70
    It's not entirely clear yet whether Loud Planes Fly Low will be the Rosebuds' swan song or simply a restatement of purpose, but either way, the band has delivered one of the most arresting breakup albums since Beck's Sea Change.
  7. 40
    The Rosebuds instead have limited themselves and recorded an album that's generally good while being limited in its emotional scope and thus utterly disappointing in the long run.

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  1. Sep 14, 2011
    As with all Rosebuds albums, there is a somewhat different sound here. Definitely with more depressing tones, but still the odd song of hope. Really a great album, particularly 'Woods', 'Cover Ears' and the title track. Expand