Staring at the X - Forest Fire
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  • Record Label: Fat Cat
  • Genre(s): Alt-Country, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. Apr 10, 2012
    71
    Even more so than their promising debut, Staring at the X proves them to be a commendably ambitious band with the chops to carry out even their most far-flung ideas.
  2. 70
    Everything about Staring At The X is tightly controlled and composed, from its guitar chords through its electronic bass lines right up to the mixing board pyrotechnics that propel the songs forward.
  3. Apr 10, 2012
    70
    It feels like they've channeled the looseness of their playing on Survival into a willingness to try anything once, and fortunately, most of their experiments stick.
  4. Apr 10, 2012
    70
    Staring At the X is definitely cut from the same cloth as its predecessor, but even more so. Everything has been ramped up, making for an even more satisfying record.
  5. Apr 24, 2012
    70
    The potential for unfocused drudgery could've been huge, but they've sidestepped far enough to create an involving and endearingly creepy work.