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  • Summary: The full-length debut release for the Philadelphia rock quintet was produced by the band's bassist Hart Seely.
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Expect the Bayonet
From the sorrow we created A fragile state of blood and whim Made for rich men in their white skin People bolder than I Stood up to the lie That... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 100
    Energy, desire and that indefinable cool that any great rock band must have burst from every angle. This album feels like a celebration, and Sheer Mag sure deserve one.
  2. Jul 14, 2017
    91
    With Need To Feel Your Love, the band broadens its horizons without losing what made ‘em so promising in the first place. That’s always a tricky line to walk, and Sheer Mag does it with gritty grace.
  3. Jul 31, 2017
    85
    Need To Feel Your Love is more than just a terrific debut, it also happens to be of the best damn rock records released this year. What makes it work so well has to do with the sincerity of the band themselves.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jul 6, 2017
    80
    The result is a wildly primal and consistently brilliant rock'n'roll record. [Aug 2017, p.112]
  5. Jul 13, 2017
    80
    They’re not just a crack musical unit--Kyle Seely and Matt Palmer, especially, have developed into a guitar duo to rival prime Thin Lizzy--the quintet feel like a great band-as-gang for our times. Morally upstanding without being dour or didactic, in control of their own image and destiny and capable of tuning to the key of life.
  6. Aug 4, 2017
    70
    Need to Feel Your Love is musically propulsive and provides evidence to the talk that a guitar band in 2017 can be a source of ingenuity without pulling excessive tricks and mutations upon the craft.
  7. Jul 17, 2017
    40
    Frontwoman Tina Halladay’s voice appears to have only one setting: overblown, lung-bursting holler.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 18, 2017
    10
    My favorite album of 2017 so far. A blend of 70s hard rock, punk, and Motown results in a kind of power-pop of the very highest order. SongsMy favorite album of 2017 so far. A blend of 70s hard rock, punk, and Motown results in a kind of power-pop of the very highest order. Songs range from upbeat love songs to barn-burning molotov cocktails. Some of the best dueling guitars you are likely to ever hear. These guys write, record, and distribute everything in accordance with their 'DIY Ethos.' Just saw them live and was VERY impressed. Get out and support this amazingly talented band. Expand
  2. Aug 11, 2017
    8
    Ever since discovering the band's third EP last year, I have been hooked on their mix of 70s classic rock and DIY punk. And on their debut,Ever since discovering the band's third EP last year, I have been hooked on their mix of 70s classic rock and DIY punk. And on their debut, they continue to grow further on that wonderful mixture of Ramones and Zeppelin. With Tina Halladay's fiesty and commanding vocals adding crunch to the raw and riff heavy guitars, she can shriek and sing alongside the best of punk singers, right up there with Joan Jett, Chrissie Hyne, and Debbie Hairy (maybe even a bit of, dare I say, Janis Joplin in her voice too but minus the black soul). She sings about love and heartbreak but takes no BS from any man. And doing so with righteous fury! Let's not forget the excellent guitar work of Kyle Seely and Matt Palmer, bouncy bass from Hart Seely, and fantastic, on-the-point drumming from Ian Dykstra. The whole album is fantastic, with the exception of when they dabble in new wave and disco tunes like on the title cut and Suffer Me which does not fit with Halladay's raspy vocals (especially when she is given reverb on all her vocals here) despite the instrumentation and performance doing a good job. But regardless, a fantastic debut and let's hope that the band will go on to do great things in the future! Expand
  3. Aug 15, 2017
    7
    Sheer Mag certainly has cultivated their own version of simplistic, vintage rock n’ roll on all counts, which lends very well to writing theseSheer Mag certainly has cultivated their own version of simplistic, vintage rock n’ roll on all counts, which lends very well to writing these short, cool songs that are meant to ignite a substantial mood in a small amount of time, despite the shabby and unchanging effects and vocal distortion that sounded too limiting. My Score: 130/180 (Solid) = 7.2/10 Expand

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