Negotiations - The Helio Sequence
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  • Band members: Brandon Summers, Benjamin Weikel
  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Portland, Oregon indie folk duo was writtened, recorded and produced by The Helio Sequence.
  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Dream Pop, Noise Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
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  1. Sep 19, 2012
    80
    A quietly seductive album that's atmospheric, sometimes melancholic, but often beautiful.
  2. Sep 13, 2012
    75
    Though this record's pace does not change much during its 43 minutes of playtime, each track is a slow-burning confession from Summers and Weikel's subconscious, a genuine feat that has taken them 16 years to convey.
  3. Oct 19, 2012
    70
    Because so many of the songs are nearly indistinguishable, listeners are likely to either embrace Negotiations as a unit or to dismiss it outright. If listeners resist the urge to listen sporadically on their iPods (and I highly recommend that they do), there's much to be celebrated.
  4. Sep 12, 2012
    68
    You'll find something to latch onto in every song, but you won't always walk away from Negotiations with its choruses in your head; it's a more consistent record than its predecessor, but more orderly, too, and the highs just aren't quite as high.
  5. Oct 30, 2012
    67
    Negotiations develops spaciously, expanding with every song until it becomes enveloping.
  6. Sep 13, 2012
    66
    there's an overwhelming sense of intimacy hanging over the album's 43 minutes, thanks to lyrics heavy on introspection and a sound served well by a new studio packed with vintage and analog gear.
  7. Sep 12, 2012
    40
    Too much of the material is lightweight, ultimately making this an exercised in what might have been. [Oct 2012, p.101]

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