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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length album on Sub Pop for the Canadian dream pop duo.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. It's not all slow and mid-tempo numbers that litter the forty-five minute duration of The Slideshow Effect. There are also moments where the band is unafraid to lift the urgency, to create a semblance of sustained momentum, and to incorporate a few timely hooks and memorable melodies along the way.
  2. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    Blends much that has gone before, and serves up a freshly defined new act that has potential for popular success.
  3. Feb 28, 2012
    75
    Even at its most wispy and abstract, though, Slideshow is shrouded in a ghostly poignancy that flutters and fades like a flashback.
  4. 70
    This is an album for the patient, who are willing, as the title of the album suggests, to sit through a slide show made by someone you don't really know that well.
  5. Feb 28, 2012
    70
    There's no doubt the songwriting is there--but the LP's best tracks ("All Our Wonder" and Old Haunts") share the lo-fi production that was a boon to the atmospheric beauty of their EP.
  6. Mar 1, 2012
    60
    In all, this is an album that you might want to really like, but ultimately you'll probably feel a bit cold and aloof at the general lack of variance in the band's sound.
  7. 30
    Insipid marshmallow post-rock that occasionally sniffs in the direction of Yuck or Mogwai, but mostly glowers in a dismally cloying, precious nostalgia.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 31, 2012
    7
    a solid first full length album from a promising young dreampop group. While not the "can't miss album" that their years ep was, its stilla solid first full length album from a promising young dreampop group. While not the "can't miss album" that their years ep was, its still very solid. Denise continues to grow into a very talented singer and front woman, and evan seems to have decided to focus his efforts more on guitar work rather than brooding synths. Highly recommended for any fan of dreampop or indie rock. Expand