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  • Summary: The indie rock band started by ex-Bedhead members Matt and Bubba Kadane releases its third album.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
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  1. The New Year also stands as an equal to the brothers' best work and that makes it absolutely essential to any card-carrying indie rock devotee.
  2. This subtle, delightful and lovingly crafted album will doubtlessly be revered by those lucky few who have been following the Kadane brothers throughout their quiet but increasingly remarkable musical careers.
  3. This is exquisitely made, moodily complicated stuff, and if it doesn’t fit into the current landscape, that’s more our problem than theirs.
  4. It's worth a purchase for the slow-building 'Folios' alone. [Fall 2008, p.87]
  5. The Kadanes have released their third full-length, a self-titled release best appreciated as the culmination of the Kadane’s experience of playing together since children in Wichita Falls, TX.
  6. For just under two decades, brothers Bubba and Matt Kadane have spent the majority of their time together crafting as near perfect slices of sonic Americana as they could.
  7. 50
    Key elements--shy vocals, shimmery guitar--remain from the Kadanes' previous band, slow-core pioneers Bedhead, though Matt now actually enunciates the band's diary entries.

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  1. JuneH.
    Sep 28, 2008
    10
    Incredible album for its precision, concision, and overall incredible craftsmanship...absolutely worth the 4-year wait since the last album.