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  • Summary: The Canadian indie rock trio releases the follow-up to the band's 2008 debut, Red, Yellow & Blue.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. By focusing inwards, Born Ruffians have done that whole 'maturing' thing that us reviewers like to talk about, and created a much improved piece of art.
  2. As confidently current as Say It comes off, it doesn’t sound susceptible to fashion. Given enough attentive ears, the Ruffians may have made a statement that will last a long time--or at least assembled enough ears for the next one.
  3. Curiously akin to Violent Femmes, the trio are precussively sparse, defiantly devoid of distortion and occasionally potty-mouthed. [Jul 2010, p.122]
  4. ‘Say It’ recalls the airy refreshment of Vampire Weekend’s ‘Contra’ and the garage-pop fun of Jonathan Richman’s ‘Rock’N’Roll With The Modern Lovers’.
  5. While the inclusion of faint funk ("Sole Brother") and hints of country twang ("Retard Canard") expands Born Ruffians' repertoire, the track "Blood, the Sun & Water" brings the most energy to the set.
  6. Born Ruffians’ sophomore album is a cohesive, occasionally repetitious helping of choppy indie pop, almost brutalist in its minimalist instrumentation and dry-as-a-bone production.
  7. Much of the material sounds rushed and half-finished, like a high schooler trying to write a research page paper during his lunch period.

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  1. Dec 5, 2010
    8
    Critically underrated. One of those great, joyful, sparse, delightfully messy indie rock albums. They remind me of Harlem Shakes, Clap YourCritically underrated. One of those great, joyful, sparse, delightfully messy indie rock albums. They remind me of Harlem Shakes, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Wave Machines. Try this album and enjoy. Expand