Positive Force - Delicate Steve
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  • Summary: The second album of indie pop from Steve Marion was recorded and produced in his home.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jul 9, 2012
    85
    Happy music can sometimes seem superficial or lacking the emotional depth that music is "supposed to" capture. On the contrary, this album seems enlightened. It's happy and deep and complex and present, all at the same time.
  2. Jul 12, 2012
    80
    Through it all, Delicate Steve does what so few composers are able to do: his billowing compilation resonates without words, its sterling procession an otherworldly creation that remains grounded somehow.
  3. Dec 13, 2012
    80
    From Clapton to cosmic rock, Afro-pop and experimenting with dizzying ease. [Oct 2012, p.96]
  4. Aug 29, 2012
    76
    If there's anything wrong with Positive Force, it's that it's better suited as background music than bearing up to intense listening; while the guitar lines on most of the songs here are deliciously difficult to whistle, they're all essentially fairly similar.
  5. Aug 22, 2012
    75
    If you're willing to invest multiple listens, dividends of divine pleasure pay off in spades. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.122]
  6. 70
    While other guitarists this talented would want their shredding to be the thing you take away from an instrumental album, Marion uses it as one tool (a strong tool to be sure, but a tool) in the production of a set of bright, funky, fun jams.
  7. Jul 9, 2012
    60
    When Marion makes more creative use of his varied, globe-spanning influences, however, Positive Force is every bit as compelling as its predecessor.... [yet] far too many of the melodic hooks are merely adequate, and he doesn't pull any surprises.

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  1. Aug 1, 2012
    7
    Marion's second album seems to have more diminished hooks when it comes to comparing the emotional resonance of 'Wondervisions', but it alsoMarion's second album seems to have more diminished hooks when it comes to comparing the emotional resonance of 'Wondervisions', but it also feels more layered and it certainly deals out good vibes. As a bonus, I doubt anyone has guitar riffs as distinctive as Steve's. Expand