Major - Fang Island
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  • Summary: The second album for the indie rock band from Rhode Island is a follow-up to its self-titled debut.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Aug 23, 2012
    90
    Major comes across as the next logical chapter for one of music's most-unique and positive forces. [No.90 p.56]
  2. This is necessary listening for the carefree weeks before school picks up again in the fall, and it's a record you'll end up holding near throughout the entire semester and then some.
  3. Aug 20, 2012
    80
    Warm, welcoming and dazzling. [Sep 2012, p.100]
  4. Jul 24, 2012
    75
    You will not hear another album as straight-forward, unburdened by emotional distance and downright open as this one this year. And that's Major.
  5. Jul 23, 2012
    70
    While Major plays up to the strengths of its predecessor, it also showcases vocal development and keeps the familiar listener guessing.
  6. Jul 24, 2012
    69
    Major's reliance on words rather than riffs doesn't quite feel as effective or unique in conveying its highness on life. It doesn't sound notably more polished or expensive than its predecessor, just more restrained.
  7. Jul 26, 2012
    50
    Major moves some distance away from Fang Island's core aims, and their first record's core strengths--instead offering up a collection of tracks which do far too little, for far too long.

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  1. Sep 3, 2012
    5
    Fang Island has crafted a record that is as annoying as it is emotionless. Their stadium rock esque riffs headline each song, and devoid any track of the little sincerity they had in the first place. It's almost as if Fang Island's greatest inspiration is the recent crop of preteens that believe the only case in which modern music is worthwhile is when it worships classic rock as much as their selves. Major's greatest crime is not in being necessarily bad; it's in it's inherent misguidedness. Expand