Somewhere Beautiful [Live]

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  • Record Label: Fire
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, New Zealand Rock, College Rock
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
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  1. Oct 29, 2013
    In the final assessment what we’ve got here are a set of pop songs that are almost uniformly brilliant, captured in a fashion that harks back to the band’s beginnings, presented beautifully and with pride.
  2. Magnet
    Nov 27, 2013
    Somewhere beautiful documents a fantastic 20-song set by this long-adored, seminal New Zealand band that makes you wish you'd been invited to the bash. [No. 104, p.53]
  3. The Wire
    Dec 11, 2013
    Shorn of much crowd noise or banter, it operates more as an alternative greatest hits set.... [It] allows them to take their rightful place as a warm, distinct and proudly independent voice in the rock pantheon. [Nov 2013, p.52]
  4. Oct 29, 2013
    Throughout the epic set (which seems to have been played to less than 50 people from the minimal amount of cheering and banter between songs), Phillipps and the umpteenth update to his backing band maintain an air of autumnal detachment and sinister cool, true to their best moments even though the performance happened so deep into their career.
  5. Nov 11, 2013
    It’s a good introduction for newbies, and a strong tease for long-time fans that there still might be more to come from the Chills.
  6. Uncut
    Nov 1, 2013
    This live site from New Year's Eve 2011 reminds why these songs are firmly embedded in NZ music folklore. [Dec 2013, p.81]
  7. Oct 29, 2013
    With twenty tracks and plenty of impromptu circumstance, it may not offer the same potential for pure appreciation that a standard anthology of studio tracks might provide. Nevertheless, there’s an adventurous spirit contained herein, and The Chills show they’re adept at heating things up as necessary.

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