New Love - Former Ghosts
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  • Summary: The quartet led by Freddy Ruppert that includes Zola Jesus/Nika Roza Danilova, Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart, and Yasmine Kittles releases its second album together.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 15, 2011
    80
    Despite a minor quality slip two-thirds in, many will find solace in its sadness. It's a requiem for lost dreams, a 'melancholy dolly', but, crucially, Ruppert packs a killer knack for melody, too.
  2. Feb 15, 2011
    80
    This is an engaging, rewarding listen that promises great things in the future from our four heroes.
  3. Feb 15, 2011
    70
    While these musicians have no problem coming together to craft a solid, emotional record, the sound is far from being their own.
  4. 70
    Sure enough Freddy Ruppert's second album as Former Ghosts is as warm, life-affirming and snuggly as a coatless night on the Siberian steppes.
  5. Mar 10, 2011
    53
    Given Ruppert's past predilection for dramatic singing, one would think his vocals would be a perfect match for these backing tracks. Unfortunately, he often doesn't rise to the challenge.
  6. Feb 15, 2011
    50
    Danilova and Stewart are respecting the intended intimacy of the record, but this could have been so much more had they let themselves bring a dash of Zola Jesus and Xiu Xiu, rather than phoning in their parts.
  7. Feb 15, 2011
    40
    No doubt there's an EP's-worth of gems buried here that are worth returning to, but for the most part, New Love resembles its thematic obsession: it's a strained affair.