Napa Asylum - Sic Alps
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  • Summary: The latest album for the San Francisco-based indie band is its first since 2008's U.S. EZ.
  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 16, 2011
    90
    So, this may be Sic Alps' best album to date.
  2. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    Sic Alps are clearly both miles ahead of and miles away from their peers. Napa Asylum only further proves this.
  3. Apr 4, 2011
    80
    The San Francisco pair Sic Alps present 22 concise numbers and commendably few lo-fi cliches. [Feb 2011, p.99]
  4. Feb 16, 2011
    74
    Over time Napa Asylum reveals itself as remarkably cohesive and more than willing to cede points of entry every few tracks. Still an exhausting experience, sure, but one that's often thrilling, and well worth the effort it requires of us.
  5. Feb 16, 2011
    70
    For now, this just about gets the job done, but a little more variety, even if it's just a return to the noisier interludes of those past recordings, would be welcome next time.
  6. Mar 9, 2011
    60
    Spotty and shambolic, but brimming with moments of serious brilliance--this is the Sic Alps way. [Feb 2011, p.73]
  7. Feb 16, 2011
    50
    It's a subtly bold step and one the band should continue to investigate, regardless of the fact that it didn't quite work out in their favor here.

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