The Speed of Things - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Detroit electronic pop duo was produced with Ben West.
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  1. Oct 8, 2013
    90
    By slowing things down a bit, they're able to let the knack for melody do a lot of the heavy lifting, giving the songs an airiness that's unlike any other electronic band out there. This makes The Speed of Things not only an excellent follow-up to their already stellar debut, but an album that you'd almost have to try not to like.
  2. Oct 8, 2013
    81
    While the album bolsters the band’s brand of sound rather than showcasing any significant amount growth in writing and arrangement, The Speed of Things is an exercise in consistency and accessibility. It’s refreshing.
  3. Oct 9, 2013
    74
    Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott’s latest effort fires on all cylinders throughout (pun intended), continuing their successful blend of modern electronics and a Beach Boys approach to melody and vocal harmony.
  4. Oct 9, 2013
    60
    So while songs such as “Beautiful Dream,” “Run” and “Gloria” may be anchored with a touch of techno, there’s also plenty of sparkle and substance to keep most folks satisfied.
  5. Nov 22, 2013
    60
    A glossy finish leaves little to hang on to. [Dec 2013, p.92]
  6. Oct 18, 2013
    60
    The Speed Of Things has no teeth.... But the choruses are strong and the melodies catchy enough. [No. 103, p.54]
  7. Oct 8, 2013
    40
    They tentatively attempt lounge-y jazz ("Dark Water") and falsetto disco ("War Zone"), but their real energy goes into harmonies so fussily layered and childlike that all their lonely yearning can't help but come off as precious.

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