Rose City - Viva Voce
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  • Summary: After taking a year off, Kevin and Anita Robinson wrote and recorded this album in a month.
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  1. For Rose City, a kinda-sorta homage to their adopted hometown, they’ve brought on locals Evan Railton and Corrina Repp to beef up their sound--not that it needed beefing up, but it’s nice to hear them having fun with some talented pals.
  2. Sonically spacious and spontaneous, Rose City is an endlessly tuneful bouquet of beaty. [Jun 2009, p.102]
  3. Rose City is not only the most unified album of Viva Voce's career, but it also contains the Robinsons' strongest collection of tracks. [Spring 2009, p.68]
  4. Created in mere weeks, it doesn't sound fussy or fussed over, and manages the tricky balance of audible intimacy without crappy bedroom acoustics.
  5. 70
    The fifth album from this Portland, Oregon quartet (recently expanded from a married duo) is swathed in misty silver-and-blue atmospherics, but it's the songwriting, hooks, and escalating thrum of a capable rock band that pull listeners from each twinkling vista to the next.
  6. 66
    It's not that Rose City has nothing to offer, it's just at its best when it's most forgettable. [Spring 2009, p.98]
  7. Despite such mix-tape worthy moments, Rose City is one of the band’s weakest overall efforts yet.
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