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Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. It is an unmistakably raw first album of ripe potential, and one of the more memorable releases of the early weeks of this year.
  2. Feb 11, 2011
    72
    Its deeper appeal is that it's earwormy enough to take a casual listener multiple go-rounds to pick up on that.
  3. Feb 11, 2011
    70
    Unlearn (Hardly Art), their full-length debut, lurches from Tropicália ("Where the Walls Are Made of Grass") to Brill Building pop ("Powerful Lovin'") to doo-wop (the title track), all with an air of shrewd dishevelment.
  4. Feb 11, 2011
    70
    While Savage and Kelly clearly get big kicks from genre-jumping and trying to trip out listeners, "Baby Boomer," "Michael Kelly," and "The World Never Stops" show that they can rock earnestly as well.
  5. Feb 11, 2011
    70
    Having developed feelers on both ends, the partnership's combined strengths via production chops and band practice really lend to the record's debut maturity.
  6. Feb 11, 2011
    70
    The end result is the 11 songs on Unlearn, which I'll save you the frustration of calling "eclectic" and opt for the even more euphemistic "well-informed."
  7. Mar 17, 2011
    67
    Flute and sax make the grab bag more interesting, though the dizzying range across 11 songs renders Unlearn a bit unfocused.
  8. 60
    Unlearn is an album full of great, clever songs if listened to individually. As a whole, however, it's too scattered.
  9. Feb 11, 2011
    60
    Unlearn is, without a doubt, an impressive pop record, a set of songs that are infectious yet more ambitious than their lean, humble sound might initially give away.

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