Runner - The Sea and Cake
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  • Summary: For the indie band's 10th release, Sam Prekop used a synthesizer to develop some songs before the other band members contributed their own ideas.
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  1. Nov 21, 2012
    80
    It's a brilliant, mainstream indie rock album from a band who have for too long operated on the margins of, for want of a better word, the 'scene.'
  2. Oct 15, 2012
    80
    It's an album which succeeds by virtue of elegance, and which knows a hell of a lot without ever seeming overly knowing.
  3. Sep 18, 2012
    80
    The Sea & Cake could have been in danger of becoming an indie-band-by-numbers, but 'Runner' is performed with all the vigour and aplomb of fresh-faced youngsters and executed with the deftness of touch of grizzled old hands.
  4. Oct 26, 2012
    80
    [Runner] is something more akin to Eliot Smith, but airier, and with more synth. [No.92 p.58]
  5. Sep 18, 2012
    72
    Runner shakes out as one of this band's most subtly varied albums, and it can be an immersive listening experience if you give yourself over to it.
  6. Sep 18, 2012
    70
    Runner signal a return to the "heritage" S&C sound, balancing motorik pulse and unbridled delicateness, regaining some of the spirit and intention that had begun to flag in the process.
  7. 70
    Runner is worth it. Aesthetically, it's one of the band's most synthetic albums, continuing along a path they started on near the turn of the century.

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