Talent - Heavenly Beat
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  • Summary: Former Beach Fossils bassist John Pena releases his debut full-length album under the name Heavenly Beat.
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  1. Jul 27, 2012
    80
    It's rare for an artist to actually match a sound with their name (see Steely Dan for how not to do it), but with Talent, Pena has done just that by creating music that flutters to a perfect, heavenly beat.
  2. Jul 27, 2012
    70
    Mostly, Talent works as an overall experience with loads of rich sonic atmosphere, hummable melodies, and artfully restrained emotion. Quite the impressive debut.
  3. Talent, when taken as a whole unit, functions exceedingly well as an album to scratch your daily dream pop itch, but when you try to take it as anything more than that it suffers.
  4. Sep 14, 2012
    70
    The samey pace and understated mood can drag, but Pena strikes gold with the light-touch dance-pop arrangements. [Oct 2012, p.81]
  5. Sep 18, 2012
    70
    The most interesting element of his chosen samples is the way that more classical instruments and acoustic guitar strums are looped, while his vocals occasionally get the remix treatment and judder along.
  6. 60
    As it stands, Talent is a decent album content with being at that level, not fighting to rise or fall any notches.
  7. Oct 8, 2012
    40
    It's an album that is perfectly inoffensive, but in the end, there is nothing here that hasn't been done before--and done much better.

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