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  • Summary: The third full-length solo release for the singer-songwriter was produced with Clemens Knieper and recorded live to tape in upstate New York.
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  • Record Label: Frenchkiss Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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He Didn't Mention His Mother
I feel just as crazy as I did last night I feel like I'll get up and go Today I am frozen but tommorow I'll write about you, ah huh My friend and her... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 91
    The result is Friedberger’s most conventional-sounding rock record, and that’s a compliment: without any high-concept noise to distract her, New View focuses on her rich voice and her remarkable ability to turn a phrase.
  2. Jan 26, 2016
    80
    Like avowed influences Van Morrison and Neil Young, Friedberger on New View travels in fluid, seamless melodies, and uses them in service of lyrics that revel in poeticism.
  3. Mojo
    Jan 11, 2016
    80
    New View furthers Friedberger's quest to declutter, finding great pop and occasional profundity in getting to the point and letting her tunes ring clear. [Feb 2016, p.92]
  4. Feb 10, 2016
    80
    A little rough around the edges, the album is pleasantly calm while simultaneously tapping into anxieties in its lyrics.
  5. Jan 20, 2016
    78
    At times New View can seem like a concept record detailing Friedberger's ambivalence about her main gift: spinning fragile memories and feelings into accessible songs.
  6. Jan 27, 2016
    70
    As on Personal Record, New View's warm, reassuring atmosphere is a perfect fit for Friedberger's affably rambling songwriting; the album is even bookended by songs about long walks, and at its best, it sounds like a conversation sweetened by music.
  7. 58
    The album’s weaknesses aren’t unforgivable; they just too frequently sound limp and over-saturated in storied traditions. The verve and unpredictability that so frequently fueled her songs are lost and sorely missed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 22, 2016
    8
    New View is an album that emulates the sound of 60's and 70's pop/rock, but it succeeds in providing enough originality and tact to sound lessNew View is an album that emulates the sound of 60's and 70's pop/rock, but it succeeds in providing enough originality and tact to sound less derivative and more celebratory. Friedberger is a great songwriter and possibly an even better guitarist, and it shows on tracks like the slow ballad Never Is a Long Time and the closing track A Long Walk. There is nothing here that strikes me as amazing, but what New View has delivered us is a much stronger than average release. Highly recommended.

    81/100
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  2. Dec 7, 2016
    7
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