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  • Summary: The fifth album for the San Francisco indie rock quartet is its first full-length on the Drag City label.
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  1. Sep 17, 2012
    While a lot of their peers have attempted (unsuccessfully, mostly) to beat down the doors of California's psychedelic myth, Sic Alps have taken their time and found their own way there; in doing so they've created one of the best records of the year.
  2. 80
    The sloppiness comes with purpose, the production choices are specific, and off-kilter and off-key performances err closer to engaging erraticism than formless madness.
  3. Sep 27, 2012
    Sic Alps, a taut and absorbing listen, appears to have a mission to take conventional beauty and make it something more interesting by fraying its corners and smearing it with a little dirt. There is nothing Sic Alps could have done to create a better, more delicious sweet and sour record.
  4. Sep 7, 2012
    A couple of piano-led downers bring us to a close; bruised and bleeding, but breathlessly exhilarated.
  5. Sep 17, 2012
    Sic Alps isn't quite as flowing as its predecessor Napa Asylum, but it still does a fine job of balancing the band's increasing prowess and the sprawling, noisy mischief for which they've always been known.
  6. Oct 18, 2012
    This album is their least messy and most consistent, but it hasn't left singer/songwriter Mike Donovan's slacker charm behind.
  7. Q Magazine
    Sep 7, 2012
    You can't argue with the boldness of the move, but it's hard to know who really wants a sensible Sic Alps. [Oct 2012, p.110]

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