Slow Summits - The Pastels
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  • Summary: The first release since 1997’s Illumination for the Scottish indie pop band was produced by John McEntire and includes guest appearances from the Tenniscoats; Norman Blake and Gerard Love of Teenage Fanclub; and Stefan Schneider and Ronald Lippok of To Rococo.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
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  1. May 28, 2013
    90
    Slow Summits is an unhurried, understated masterpiece that should make fans of the band, and of music in general, glad that the Pastels have not only stuck with it for so long, but grown into the kind of group that could release something this warm and beautiful.
  2. May 29, 2013
    80
    Nothing unduly groundbreaking here, yet at the same time always brutally refreshing.
  3. Jun 17, 2013
    80
    Slow Summits is full of carefully arranged autumnal tunes: thoughtful, intimate, unaffected and wistfully romantic. It's secret music worth sharing.[No.99, p.56]
  4. May 23, 2013
    70
    While Slow Summits might not set your pulse racing it’s a fantastic example of a band throwing themselves into making a record as lush and pretty as they possibly can.
  5. May 30, 2013
    70
    Nitpicking aside, it's a gratifying collection of sunny, gentle indie pop. Few bands can shake off such a long hiatus without a little residual rust; The Pastels have done it better than most.
  6. May 28, 2013
    70
    Spend any element of time with it and each passing play opens the album up, showing it off as the special, if often-understated record that it is.
  7. May 23, 2013
    60
    Another album big on willful naivete and arrangements so pretty they make Belle & Sebastian sound like Finnish black metal. [Jun 2013, p.86]

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