Sea Lion - The Ruby Suns
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  • Summary: This is the sophomore album for the New Zealand band led by ex-Californian Ryan McPhun.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Culture clashes never sounded so good.
  2. 80
    Ryan's predilection for Wilsonesque harmonies, glokenspiel, etc, erupts into twinkly fairytale pop that's bold and forward-looking in equal measure. [Mar 2008, p.113]
  3. The Ruby Suns’ greatest strength is how easily they’re able to pull off this mix on Sea Lion without seeming over-bearing or preening. It makes the whole album seem effortless.
  4. The result is warm, dreamy, evocative and beautiful, a worthy successor to 2005's self-titled debut and an album to savour under the late evening sun, once the summer arrives.
  5. 60
    For all its iconoclastic ambition, Sea Lion is a low-key charmer. [Apr 2008, p.102]
  6. Sea Lion is all over the map. [Spring 2008, p.84]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. LawrenceCharles
    Apr 21, 2008
    This is kaleidoscopic pop music at its best. There are so many ideas and sounds buzzing around on this record you'd think it'd be a complete mess and yet ... somehow it works brilliantly. Definitely contender for the best pop album of 2008. Expand
  2. MattB
    Apr 21, 2008
    I'm surprised it didn't get a higher rating. This is a contender for album of the year ...definitely rivals destroyer and cloud cult releases. Its a mysterious, gorgeous psychedelic journey. Double extra bonus points for the 80's influence on a couple tracks. This is something you really have to let grow on ya (not that there aren't immediatley grabbing tracks -Tane Mahuta) the way they segue in and out of different parts is quite brilliant. I find myself appreciating something new each time I listen to it. Expand
  3. OliverC.
    Apr 22, 2008
    I love this album. It loses a point because it does get a little boring at times, but otherwise it is beautiful and fun.
  4. MortenF.
    Apr 24, 2008
    I find it a bit "messy" with many different sounds and stiles. And somehow its not working together. It lack of the good melody and a of an album as a hole. Expand