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  • Summary: This is the debut album for Kentucky's James Friey's one-man pop rock band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 7, 2011
    Friley has taken the sound of his debut EP--the four songs of which all appear on Paddywhack--and maintained that arresting, zombie barbershop quartet aesthetic, while also extending it into new developments, intervening piano lines and looped organ riffs, with which it blends in ways that never jar (your preserves).
  2. May 23, 2011
    What's instantly charming about Paddywhack is its welcoming aspect as Friley's honesty and sincerity creates a warming romanticism.
  3. 70
    Friley's crooning is the consistent attraction throughout Paddywhack, creating a warbled daydream for listeners to fall into.
  4. May 23, 2011
    Paddywhack is probably too unassuming and restrained to make any impression on the wider public. That's a shame, for if you can be bothered to seek it out, there are some genuinely gorgeous moments that sound like nothing else out there right now.
  5. Aug 9, 2011
    On his debut LP, Paddywhack, this one-boy act brings together two incredibly disparate styles-nightclub piano crooning and loop-based sampledelica--to create a collection of tunes that sounds like nothing else in modern pop (no, really).
  6. 40
    Problem is, there's a dearth of ideas here that means the whole shebang clings to cloying, torturously repetitive pastiche rather than doing anything particularly innovative.