Pumps! - Growing
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  • Summary: The Brooklyn, New York, band moves to Vice Records for its latest album, which is also the first with new band member Sadie Laska.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. A little order goes a long way in making Pumps! their most accessible album to date, but what makes it their most successful album is that it still sounds like Growing.
  2. Yeah, it's that stoney and weird, but it's also really, really good. Potentially their most accomplished work.
  3. 75
    The watery guitar parts of All the Way remain, rolled up into gritty, more linear drum-machine rhythms that occasionally give way to the serene drone of Growing's earlier years.
  4. The stylistic ground covered on Pumps is a logical progression for Growing and leaves them with a number of interesting places to go from here.
  5. Trying to isolate moments on PUMPS! proves fairly fruitless, though. It’s a totally immersive experience, best approached with trust and surrender.
  6. Growing's approach is uncharacteristically undeveloped here, as the trio never seems to know for what exactly what it's aiming.
  7. Its choppy melodic synth lead is a perfect example of how even in music this esoteric, the pop bug can still bite. And maybe that's what Pumps is, in a way-Growing's twisted vision of a pop record.