Partygoing

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  • Summary: Stephin Merritt returns to his indie-pop side project with ex-Figures On A Beach keyboardist Christopher Ewen and Claudia Gonson for the trio's first full-length release in over a decade.
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  1. Magnet
    Jun 17, 2013
    90
    Partygoing is arguably as good as Memories Of Love. [No.99, p.54]
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    83
    Not everything here works.... The rest, delightfully, sounds like nothing else around.
  3. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    Few bands are clever enough to make you feel giddy singing a song called “Keep Your Children in a Coma.” Gonson, as usual, is a refreshingly natural singer, bringing heart and soul to songs that would seem to be bereft of such qualities.
  4. 70
    Despite the fact that this new LP plays heavily to Merritt’s inclinations toward kid-on-a-carousel constructions, he’s continued to write what he knows--gearing his lyrics toward aging, loss, death, and romantic dissolution.
  5. Jun 10, 2013
    70
    On the one hand, Partygoing is refreshingly in sync with the group’s first two albums. On the other, each feels like its own concept album of sorts.
  6. Jun 7, 2013
    70
    As always, the darkness is cut with moments of mirth, even though no one will mistake this for a dance party soundtrack.
  7. Jun 6, 2013
    40
    The squelchy playfulness in Ewen’s arrangements that marked FBH’s most memorable tunes is now cloistered by cynicism and studiousness.

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