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  • Record Label: Smalltown Supersound
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Dance, Left-Field House, Neo-Disco
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Feb 21, 2013
    80
    Smalhans is all the luscious layering, thoughtful breakdowns, sneaky beats and catchy positivity fans would expect with some cockier, more straightforward dance moves included, as well.
  2. Nov 7, 2012
    80
    Smalhans is, like its predecessors, ultimately its own complete, unified statement; one that is, in its deceptively humble way, as ambitious and assured as anything he's done.
  3. Nov 16, 2012
    80
    There are no new tricks at hand here, no experimental forays into the goonier psych-prog ends of the space disco genre. And you know what? Thank f*** for that.
  4. Nov 6, 2012
    70
    The title is Norwegian for "poverty," but its rewards are as rich as they've ever been.
  5. Nov 15, 2012
    70
    Smalhans won't be the most memorable record of the year, but that's partly because its great strength is its subtlety, which makes it constantly refreshing.
  6. Nov 12, 2012
    70
    When times are lean, Smalhans contains just the sort of shamelessly calorific dance music that we should be thankful for.
  7. Nov 6, 2012
    60
    If you can get by the instruments of choice and shed your pop-cultural and historical references long enough to forgive the undeniably cheesy synth lines you may just find yourself appreciating this record for what I believe it was intended to be-upbeat, easy-listening dance music.

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