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Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 2, 2012
    70
    When Various Cruelties gets just the right balance, the sound is beautiful to listen to, and would be perfect for soundtrack for summer.
  2. May 2, 2012
    40
    Some albums grow with repeated listens; this isn't one of them.
  3. May 2, 2012
    60
    They sound like a pub soul covers band allowed to let rip on a few originals.
  4. May 2, 2012
    70
    This eponymous debut is a well-rounded effort for a band that clearly has a knack for stadium-filling melodies and angst-ridden confessions. Anthemic in most parts and enjoyable in all, Various Cruelties deliver a debut that's moving and memorable.

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