The Flower Lane - Ducktails
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  • Summary: The fourth release for the side project from Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile includes contributions from such guests as Big Troubles, Madeline Follin, Joel Ford, Daniel Lopatin, and Sam Mehran.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Jan 28, 2013
    90
    The amount of growth is staggering, and moving from the hazy-headed territory of older Ducktails to songwriting this polished and still pulling it off speaks volumes for the purity of the project's development, as well as Mondanile's refreshed vision as an artist.
  2. Jan 17, 2013
    80
    He has created a work of insidious beauty: creeping, pervasive and better for it.
  3. Jan 23, 2013
    75
    It's not as challenging as previous Ducktails recordings, but a pleasant pop record nonetheless, and the band's most universally accessible yet.
  4. Jan 25, 2013
    70
    The Flower Lane succeeds mostly because of Mondanile's dedication to purity.
  5. Jan 31, 2013
    60
    New wave, soul and house beats make this his most genre-bending album yet.
  6. Jan 17, 2013
    60
    All designs are firmly fixed on a glorious technicolour gem, but it's fair to say results are mixed.
  7. Mar 1, 2013
    30
    On Flower Lane, Mondanile and the gang stepped out of the bedroom and into the studio, and the result is something just as sterile as every other song by Real Estate.

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  1. Jan 29, 2013
    8
    A great, surprising album. I've listened to Ducktails in the past and have always been pleased with the songs that Matt from Real Estate could crank out. This album however is completely different than any other album that he has released in the past. Mondale proves his skills as a song craft as he uses all of the guest spots on here perfectly. This album has a few gems on here like "Under Cover" and "Assistant Director" while tracks like "Ivy Covered House", "Letter of Intent" and "The Flower Lane" are also stand outs. Seriously though, almost every track on here can stand alone by itself. I'm really impressed by this album. I recommend this album to Real Estate and non-Real Estate fans alike. Expand