Strapped - The Soft Pack
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  • Summary: The southern Californian indie rock quartet releases its follow-up to its self-titled debut.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Dec 4, 2012
    85
    The band has simply folded its past into a bigger, richer whole. [No. 93, p.58]
  2. Sep 26, 2012
    78
    While these graduates are busy looking for a nail on which to hang their new diplomas, make sure you've got a needle to play their new record.
  3. Sep 24, 2012
    70
    Strapped isn't a bad album so much as a strangely scattered one, revealing the Soft Pack caught between delivering what they're known for and what they might like to become.
  4. Sep 24, 2012
    70
    The fun carries all the way until the album's lengthy psychedelic jam, "Captain Ace," which bursts with wild saxophone and shows how to capture a brilliant act of Tape. [Oct 2012, p.92]
  5. Oct 3, 2012
    70
    That their kitchen-sink approach yielded as many wins as it did on Strapped bodes very well for The Soft Pack, oddly enough presenting a band that has proven it's more than its record collection, and possesses a heretofore unseen amount of creative restlessness.
  6. Sep 24, 2012
    68
    Long and lush isn't a bad look for the Soft Pack, so long as they're keeping the beat.
  7. Sep 25, 2012
    50
    For a band who made their name on straightforward, meat-and-potatoes indie pop, Strapped is all over the place.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 15, 2012
    9
    A solid sophomore album. It's complete diferent in sound then previous efforts, but its sound is innovative, and feels fresh. I enjoyed a lot, and was one of my favourite records of 2012. Expand