Play It Strange - The Fresh & Onlys
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  • Band members: Shayde Sartin
  • Summary: The third full-length album for the San Francisco indie band was recorded over a week.
  • Record Label: In the Red Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Noise Pop, Neo-Psychedelia
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 13, 2010
    91
    Pastiche without a trace of pretension, Play It Strange isn't just The Fresh & Onlys' most vigorous album to date, it's a perfect example of how trying--or even thinking--too hard can be antithetical to crafting punchy, catchy rock.
  2. Dec 23, 2010
    80
    San Franciscan psych moodists here to reclaim independent music. [Jan. 2011, p. 98]
  3. Jan 11, 2011
    80
    It seems that this band really is fresh and only, for it has music brimming with originality via masterful combinations of genres.
  4. Dec 13, 2010
    70
    Playing it Strange isn't the most awe-inspiring Fresh & Onlys record, but it fits snug on the shelf next to their myriad other records and offers a few of their nicest melody slices yet. This is what lo-fi is meant to do.
  5. Dec 13, 2010
    70
    When they find a good continuous form, they're great; when they throw in rhythmic tricks and filler song parts, it gets a little boring--but not quite bad.
  6. Dec 13, 2010
    70
    Taken as pieces, these songs are prime 2000s indie rock; added together they make Play It Strange a satisfying step forward for the band.
  7. Dec 13, 2010
    60
    The album can become a little too sweet--this, however, is a moment that never cloys. [Dec 2010, p.94]

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  1. Feb 23, 2011
    8
    Now that theyâ