Vanity Is Forever - Geoffrey O'Connor
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  • Summary: This is the first album for the Crayon Fields singer under his real name.
  • Record Label: Chapter Music
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 1, 2012
    76
    Though its pleasures may not be quite as direct as his work with Crayon Fields, and its tempos remain thoroughly slow, it remains a standout among a rapidly-increasing number of hardware and software-driven thrillseekers, more than ample evidence that O'Connor's work is worth taking notice of.
  2. Feb 1, 2012
    70
    Vanity Is Forever maintains this same general feeling throughout its 12 songs, often feeling as if it's set in a coffee house on an easygoing ocean liner being filmed for a video in 1984.
  3. Feb 1, 2012
    70
    He delivers a drastic shift in style that anyone enrapt with the gauzy pop euphoria of the first two Crayon Fields classics never saw coming.
  4. Feb 1, 2012
    70
    At its best, then, Vanity is Forever seems to be an album where the nostalgic references are intentional: New Wave as touchstone rather than simply gazing backward fondly.
  5. Feb 1, 2012
    50
    Vanity Is Forever is understated and bare, an oxygen-deprived world with only super-sized synths and O'Connor's bleak narratives.