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  1. Dec 21, 2013
    7
    This is a really fun record with a lot of sounds borrowed from the 90's. When it first started playing I thought the Superchunk guy had started a new band, but every track after that had its own character, many based (on purpose, i don't know) on a different 90's band. Unfortunately, along with a lot of cool songs, there's a mix of 90's radio-punk style that IMO should stay in the past. Anyway, it's worth checking out and the band's obviously talented enough to release an amazing album sometime in the future. Collapse
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74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
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  1. Nov 19, 2013
    60
    It’s a familiar story to hear DIY bands frustratingly avoiding their past strengths once they secure some proper studio time; both records have a more “mature” sound than their lo-fi predecessors, but I find the songwriting largely forgettable.
  2. 70
    Surfing Strange has a bit more substance and variety [than its first LP]. Neither betters the other but they complement each other nicely forming the bulk of the band’s discography.
  3. Nov 14, 2013
    60
    Unfortunately, Swearin’s touchstones seem to be catching up with them, and the result is a strong album that nevertheless feels overtly, distractingly derivative in spots.