Reviver [EP] - Abe Vigoda
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  • Summary: The California indie-rock band releases a five-track EP.
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  1. Vidal’s newfound penchant for quiet introspection, providing a fantastic centerpiece to this EP, which contains more riveting ideas and modes of expression than most full-length albums.
  2. Sometimes it feels like they're playing two different songs, working from two different ideas. There's no steady view of the horizon anymore. It's disorienting, but charming, to hear their parts blend, settle, and separate over and over again.
  3. Reviver might make for interesting enough listening in the immediate, but it‘s also a prime candidate for the cut out bin of memory once the band finally arrives at its aforementioned new destination.
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    Die-hard fans may not like the style change, but I think it’s a step in the right direction.
  5. Perhaps touring with distortion lovers No Age rubbed off on the L.A. quartet, but it's moving beyond the "tropical" skate-punk tag with squall. Smart move.
  6. Points are docked for including the half-realized noise experiment 'Endless Sleeper,' but Reviver captures one of L.A.'s most promising new bands beginning to come fully into its own.
  7. 'The Reaper' is a fine blend of noisy guitars and busy rhythm, but a minimalist cover of Stevie Nicks 'Wild Heart' makes the most lingering impression. [Spring 2009, p.75]

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