The New Life

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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Belfast band sees the addition of Philip Quinn to the group.
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  1. Feb 26, 2013
    90
    If Cathal Cully's aim was to leave the past behind then he's succeeded resoundingly, and created one of this year's most ungainly beautiful records in the process.
  2. Q Magazine
    Mar 12, 2013
    80
    It's a minor-chord menace, their darker surf-steeped vibe driven by steady percussion and hypnotic basslines. [Apr 2013, p.101]
  3. Dec 31, 2013
    80
    The overall tempo has slowed, allowing for more instrumental variation and a chance for the band to explore the new musical terrain (which they thoroughly do).
  4. Girls Names does not dwell on the dourness, but conquers and transforms it into a solace--a sound resulting from some hallucinatory fever like a Max Ernst painting, realizing the shadowy dimension parallel to this existence.
  5. Mar 8, 2013
    75
    The New Life is a fully-formed long player that yields rewards over time, not just 50 minutes.
  6. Mar 5, 2013
    73
    What the band is doing is creating a unique template of dark, post-punk, garage-y rock, often controlled and sometimes unleashed, that marks The New Life as one of the better albums released so far this year.
  7. 50
    Moody. Loveless. One-paced. Monotonous. Dull.

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