The New Year - The New Year
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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. 80
    The unrushed songs are equally appealing, gussied up with elegant guitar and piano accents and spiked with disarming lines.
  4. Fortunately, no surprises are really needed, as the New Year's technique, while somewhat dated and profoundly unadventurous, still holds solid in all its sleepwalking, ponderous glory.
  5. It goes without saying that The New Year is an album that will draw comparisons to the Kidane brothers' previous group. The good news is that in the face of such unavoidable observations, the album easily stands up on its own.
  6. Once again Steve Albini-produced, their third effort doesn’t stray wildly from Matt’s laid-back vocals and the intertwining melodic guitar parts they’re now known for, but there is at least one effort to evolve.
  7. One thing this record definitely lacks is variety. With a work claiming to hold "the band's most varied songs" it's disappointing and surprising to hear so little diversity.

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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.