Michel Poiccard - The Death Set
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
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  1. Mar 14, 2011
    90
    Full-tilt, power-pop catharsis and ecstatic blaze-of-glory euphoria – catchier than H1N1.
  2. Mar 17, 2011
    80
    Regrets take on new meaning knowing the background, but they're also just plain fun, and no amount of misfortune can change that.
  3. Mar 25, 2011
    80
    The group's stab at human emotion is a smashing success because it's coming from a real place: the death of former band member Beau Velasco.
  4. Mar 15, 2011
    70
    In a way, the album seems like a bit of a farewell to an old friend, with lots of wistful moments to be found under the layers of synths and fuzz all throughout the album, really nailing home the Death Set's method of mixing the old with the new to create something that strides boldly forward as it fondly remembers where it came from.
  5. Mar 17, 2011
    63
    So the Death Set essay a Jekyll/Hyde routine of dramatic contrasts, pitting lightning-fried guitars, unpredictable computerized effects, and goofy bullshit against mellow hooks and relative subtlety.
  6. Apr 5, 2011
    61
    Even when not stated explicitly, most of Michel Poiccard feels like a love letter to Velasco from remaining founder Johnny Siera; there's a sadness and longing tucked into even songs that aren't ostensibly about Velasco.
  7. 40
    There is a lot of flash-in-the-pan potential in the band, but I'm sure there will be some Williamsburg/Soho hipsters that will hang on long enough to give The Death Set a second or third 15 minutes.

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