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  • Summary: Produced by John Siket, the New York duo of Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun expands into a indie rock quintet on its debut full-length release.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
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  1. 80
    What True Hallucinations does is reupholster a genre that's long shown its signs of wear and tear.
  2. Jan 25, 2013
    80
    True Hallucinations is an impressive debut and one of the purest, most innocent-sounding pop records anyone is likely to make in the ironic, convoluted era in which they exist.
  3. Mar 11, 2013
    80
    A charmed debut that exhibits just how deep the well of pop music runs when a band has a firm grasp of the fundamentals, which Ex Cops possess in spades.
  4. Jan 25, 2013
    78
    True Hallucinations is ultimately a triumph of focus and discipline.
  5. Mar 12, 2013
    76
    Siket’s haze blunts the sugar-sharp edges of Harding and Bruun’s melodies, but it also ripens their latent nostalgia.
  6. Jan 25, 2013
    60
    The album opens, confusingly, with an electro-funk groove that becomes a trippy, multi-vocal chorale. Most of what follows is sprightly power-pop with psychedelic touches, dreamy asides and occasional dance-club thumps.
  7. 58
    Until Ex Cops stumble upon a niche and make it their own, their career is going to be eclipsed by listeners hearing influence over innovation in their music.
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  1. Feb 4, 2013
    8
    Dream pop at its cleanest, most accessible, and possibly best. Whispers of Wild Nothing, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and My Bloody Valentine all appear in tasteful rations Yet, the duo creates an atmosphere that has many textures that are purely their own. "Separator" and "James" are two, single-bred tunes that will likely suck you in immediately, and deeper cuts like "The Millionaire" and "Spring Break (Birthday Song)" only solidify the band's versatility and talent as you get further into the album. The truest of all hallucinations Quality dream pop that has far more bite than mere bark. You'd be crazy not to enjoy it (even just a little bit)! Expand