Strike Gently - The Virgins
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70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics What's this?

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  • Band members: Donald Cumming, John Eatherly, Max Kamins, Xan Aird
  • Summary: Recorded at the East Village Recording Center (the site of the former rock club Brownies), the second release for the New York indie rock band led by Donald Cumming was produced by The Unicorn Parade (Johnny T. Yerington and Gus Oberg).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 83
    Strike has the Modern Lovers' deadpan vocals, Television's jagged Grooves, and Lou reed's street-hassle guitar riffs. [15 Mar 2013, p.62]
  2. 80
    It’s Dire Straits teamed with louche New York cool--a combination that shouldn’t work, but totally does.
  3. 70
    It’s almost too obvious that a band that kinda looks like The Strokes, sorta sounds like The Strokes, and is currently making moves like The Strokes would get that nod, but don’t typecast The Virgins just yet.
  4. Mar 18, 2013
    70
    While many of those who fell in love with The Virgins the first time around may be put off by the absence of addictive indie-disco hits, Strike Gently is a quite remarkable, and effortlessly crafted, reinvention.
  5. Apr 10, 2013
    60
    They up the anthem count and resemble a lo-fi Dire Straits. [May 2013, p.112]
  6. Mar 14, 2013
    50
    The results are hit-or-miss.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 14, 2013
    9
    Strike gently is generally not as fast paced as The Virgins 2008 self titled album. It is a huge change from album to album, but Strike gently delivers with such mesmerizing solo's and beats. Generally favorable album. Expand
  2. BKM
    Mar 15, 2013
    7
    I was a huge fan of the band's self titled 2008 debut and while I don't know why it took them this long to release a sophomore album, I'm glad that it's finally here. Strike Gently isn't quite as frantically paced as its predecessor, but the grooves will still suck you in and leave you pleasantly buzzed. Expand