Nausea - Craft Spells
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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the pop project led by Justin Paul Vallesteros was produced by Dylan Wall
  • Record Label: Captured Tracks
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jun 12, 2014
    80
    Craft Spells’ previous work wasn’t bad, but Nausea is such an unexpected metamorphosis that Vallesteros could just as well have changed the band name. Even in a crowded dreampop field, this is music to bask in, whatever you call it.
  2. Jun 10, 2014
    80
    Nausea is the perfect lazy summer album with a hidden depth that slowly unfolds to reveal a work of sincere beauty.
  3. Jun 10, 2014
    80
    It is perfect for lazy summer afternoons, cozy winter nights, or anytime you might want some music that's blissfully peaceful and sweet, but never boring.
  4. 70
    This is another lo-fi gem, and most encouraging is the fact that there’s apparently plenty more he can wring out of this particular sonic platform; he might not need slick studio production to genuinely capitalise on his potential.
  5. Jun 10, 2014
    70
    The evolution is slight but impressive, and worth taking note of.
  6. 67
    The production on Nausea remains consistently strong, even as songs progress, fade, and expand within themselves.
  7. Jun 10, 2014
    50
    Despite the deluxe treatments, the tracks on Nausea tend to blend into a blur, and their richness sometimes seems at odds with Vallesteros’s maudlin charms. Fans of “Labor” may be left wondering if beige is really a step up from gray.

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  1. Jun 25, 2014
    4
    One word comes to mind, even after repeated listens: sterile.

    Songwriting? Sterile. Production? Sterile. Arrangements? Sterile.
    One word comes to mind, even after repeated listens: sterile.

    Songwriting? Sterile.
    Production? Sterile.
    Arrangements? Sterile.

    Listen to Wild Nothing instead.
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