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  • Summary: The second release for the Brooklyn indie trio led by Jorge Elbrecht was more of a collaborative effort than its 2010 debut.
  • Record Label: Slumberland
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Neo-Psychedelia
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  1. Sep 7, 2012
    80
    It's the frontloading of moonstruck, airy pop songs that make this album worth your time; snobs who ignore 'True' will simply be wasting theirs.
  2. May 15, 2012
    80
    True, it can take a solid three listens to access, but the payoff's golden.
  3. May 25, 2012
    80
    True with its fey, reverb-soaked vocals, its synths and the jangle that recall the late 1980s/early 1990s when college rock started to segue into indie rock, is fun and catchy and worthy of an audience.
  4. May 18, 2012
    70
    Worst-case scenario: that initial dreamlike spell wears out its welcome long before the album's 38 minutes are up. Best case: you've had a stressful day and True really hits that sweet, relaxing spot.
  5. 70
    Although Violens is a bit remarkable for capturing such a specific sound ...its scope is a bit limited. The trio utilizes the same tones and mostly the same approaches throughout, resulting in only the smallest level of uniqueness for each track.
  6. May 16, 2012
    69
    True shows that Elbrecht and his band are more than capable of recreating moments from the past in a way that is reverent and still provides pleasure to those who grew up listening to those past sounds and relative newbies alike. But I'm not so sure that they're good at doing much more than that.
  7. Sep 11, 2012
    50
    Maybe it's familiarity, maybe it's contempt, maybe it's something to do with both, but there's nothing on True which marks itself out distinctly enough for it to warrant more than a passing glance.

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