Sun Gangs - The Veils
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  • Summary: The British indie-rock band releases its third album.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. With Sun Gangs it’s as if they've finished the whole cake and the house burst, bricks and mortar exploding through the sky like fireworks.
  2. 80
    Self-indulgent in all the best ways, their third album isn't afraid to explore an idea for nine minutes, locating that revelatory moment when structure caves into soul. [May 2009, p.105]
  3. 80
    The Jeff Buckleyesque epic 'Larkspur' and the desolately pretty 'It Hits Deeper' raise the bar for sensitive creatives everywhere. [May 2009, p.103]
  4. Andrews' clear gift for melody is most apparent here. Despite the album's extremes, the most intriguing and engaging track may be 'The House She Lived In.' [Spring 2009, p.68]
  5. Although less vitriolic than 2006's "Nux Vomica," his third album still throbs with delicious melodrama and anguished assertions.
  6. Sun Gangs is less a break-up record, and more a "relationship" record, in that it has the ups and downs of a love affair, with moments of joy, boredom, and viciousness sandwiched in closely next to each other. And while that makes for a challenging and complex listen--Andrews has certainly proved to be adept at wringing bitterness or misanthropy from bruised melodies--one can't help but hope that his next relationship is a happy one.
  7. When they relax, they settle into settle some of the best music of their career.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. AndrewS
    Apr 24, 2009
    And they're not British, they're from New Zealand.
  2. PatrickT
    Apr 11, 2009
    Album of the year so far, better than 'Nux Vomica', and on a par with 'The Runaway Found'. I can't wait to hear more from these guys. Expand
  3. Oct 9, 2013
    Not quite building on the dizzying heights of Nux Vomica, but nonetheless improving upon some its weakness, Sun Gangs is a much better record than its reviews will account for. It's a little more droll and, well, chill, than NV, but it's much more tuneful and, while lacking the punch of "Jesus For The Jugular", the ease at which they mesmerize with opener "Sit Down By The Fire", closer "Begin Again" & the title track...there's quite a bit of magic here. Expand
  4. NickN
    Nov 9, 2009
    This band's gift for the melody shines on a diverse range of music on a single album.
  5. BenoitG
    Dec 5, 2009
    Very disappointing opus after the Runaway Found, and Nux Vomica, both of which had something special about them, something that made the Veils stand out from any crowd - was it the voice? the guitars? the choruses? the change of rythms? the creativity? the lyrics? Everything in Sun Gangs feels deja vu, and not needed at all - yet it's nice music. Am a big fan of the Veils, but disappointed here. I'll wait for album nb 4! Expand