New Chain - Small Black
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  • Summary: The Brooklyn rock band's full-length debut was written and recorded in Delaware.
  • Record Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic
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  1. Nov 15, 2010
    80
    Although there is much which doesn't automatically burn itself to the cerebral cortex, the standout sections are not found rooted in melody but in the less obvious aspects, like the siren-styled synth motifs of Goons.
  2. Jan 13, 2011
    75
    In all honesty, New Chain isn't so very different from the rest of the Bushwick bulk. What is worth returning to, however, is the fact that the music offered is effortlessly lovely, memorable, well-transitioned, and oddly addicting.
  3. Nov 15, 2010
    72
    New Chain, with it's gorgeous smattering of vivid synth patterns, is "Despicable Dogs" reupholstered: It still feels like a sunrise bike ride with a head full of weed, but this time in full-blown technicolor.
  4. Nov 16, 2010
    63
    At this stage, Small Black are a charming but undeveloped outfit. Moving from an aquarium to a sea (or even a pond) would be an intriguing next step.
  5. Dec 22, 2010
    60
    New Chain is unmistakably chillwave, undeniably fashionable within the American music scene right now, but doesn't half make you yearn for a bit of sunshine.
  6. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    Small Black are more convincing when they move into sharper focus. [Dec 2010, p.96]
  7. Dec 22, 2010
    52
    Where's the NoDoz? Chillwave may have officially become too chill, bros.

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