Nineteeneighties - Grant-Lee Phillips
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  • Summary: The troubadour offers his take on a dozen 1980s alternative-rock classics, including songs by R.E.M., The Cure, New Order, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Pixies.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
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  1. Phillips captures the imagery, as well as the heart, of an era’s underground.
  2. All [the tracks] are powerfully intimate. [Aug 2006, p.114]
  3. 80
    What makes this more than a self-indulgence is the mellow melancholy he brings. [Oct 2006, p.103]
  4. This consistency from song to song, and with the Grant-Lee Catalog, makes it fairly easy to accept Nineteeneighties as worthy project.
  5. 60
    These tracks feel less like performances than private reveries on which the listener eavesdrops. [Aug 2006, p.108]
  6. Phillips's husky tenor makes this collection of college radio staples feel less like ironic cash-in and more like a genuine, affectionate nod of gratitude.
  7. Without exception, the well-chosen tunes become edgeless, pleasant downgrades of their remarkable originals. [30 Jun 2006, p.159]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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