Sea When Absent - A Sunny Day in Glasgow
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  1. Jun 23, 2014
    90
    Hopefully ASDIG will never give in completely to conventional songwriting, because it's the little idiosyncrasies that make their expansive music so breathtaking--which, incidentally, really is the best word to describe Sea When Absent.
  2. 85
    A Sunny Day have just about mastered the pleasure principle of a certain kind of agreeably arty pop music.
  3. Jun 24, 2014
    85
    Sea When Absent has the quality of one of those spectacularly bright summer days when they color in everything seems a little over-saturated, and it induces the same dizzy, woozy feeling you get after staring directly at the sun.
  4. Jun 30, 2014
    80
    This is one of those genre puzzles that are rewarding to anyone with an adventurous appetite, even if your bright eyes’ve never gazed anywhere but ahead.
  5. Jul 28, 2014
    80
    The result is their most comprehensive and complete album to date.
  6. Jul 7, 2014
    80
    A Sunny Day in Glasgow have shown that no sea is big enough to slow unabashed creativity--in fact, the sea seems less absent and quite fruitful in their case.
  7. 67
    Sea When Absent, too, is full of bliss, even if it’s too often sabotaged by an excess of ideas scattered on the page without room to breathe.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jun 25, 2014
    9
    Dreamy. Dynamic. Fresh. Original. Twisty. Complex. Boundary-pushing. Novel. Hyper-beautiful. Intense. Exuberant. Joyful. And,Dreamy. Dynamic. Fresh. Original. Twisty. Complex. Boundary-pushing. Novel. Hyper-beautiful. Intense. Exuberant. Joyful. And, above all: honest. Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2014
    9
    A sunny day in Glasgow is sadly a rare event, A Sunny Day In Glasgow is a wonderful experience and spellbindingly enjoyable listen. This albumA sunny day in Glasgow is sadly a rare event, A Sunny Day In Glasgow is a wonderful experience and spellbindingly enjoyable listen. This album is quality from the get-go, I especially like MTLOV (minor key) but would struggle to find a bad track on the entire album.

    Overall shoegazing near its modern best.
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  3. Jul 19, 2014
    8
    This is unexpectedly great. There are a lot of good tracks in here. "Byebye, Big Ocean", "MTLOV", "Golden Waves", as well as plenty others.This is unexpectedly great. There are a lot of good tracks in here. "Byebye, Big Ocean", "MTLOV", "Golden Waves", as well as plenty others. Dreamy music; and to a large degree, psychedelic. If you like that's either, you should check this album. Expand
  4. Jul 2, 2014
    7
    I like the light melodious sound of this album. ...That engaging, light and breezy sound, the kind of breeze which must be moving those palmI like the light melodious sound of this album. ...That engaging, light and breezy sound, the kind of breeze which must be moving those palm trees to sway - as it does myself - in the wind on the album cover. Expand
  5. Jun 24, 2014
    6
    If you're looking for a shoegaze experience, listen to Asobi Seksu. This is maybe more true shoegaze. But who wants to hear songs withIf you're looking for a shoegaze experience, listen to Asobi Seksu. This is maybe more true shoegaze. But who wants to hear songs with vocals you cannot understand when you can listen to Asobi Seksu instead and understand the words being sung? Expand
  6. Jun 27, 2014
    3
    Much ado about close to nothing. Melodic - yes, pleasant - yes. Shoegaze - very far from. Novel or innovative - absolutely not. I gave thisMuch ado about close to nothing. Melodic - yes, pleasant - yes. Shoegaze - very far from. Novel or innovative - absolutely not. I gave this album 3 chances to win my ears but it failed. Expand