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  • Band members: Ben Chasny, Donovan Quinn
  • Summary: This is the debut release for the collaboration by Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance and Donovan Quinn of Skygreen Leopards.
  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Experimental, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock, Indie Folk
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 24, 2014
    80
    It's a fine album that reveals more about the band's humor and skill with each new listen.
  2. Feb 24, 2014
    80
    Occasional throwaway aside, there are some real gnarled beauties on display here. [Mar 2014, p.80]
  3. Feb 26, 2014
    80
    Alcoholic ne’er-do-wells or not, New Bums has allowed the duo to ditch old genre entrapments and celebrate new life as troubadours of enrapturing darkness.
  4. Feb 24, 2014
    70
    New Bums finds two decidedly specific songwriters' styles and voices mesh into something new and different. The combination results in a strange, haunted look into imagined desert scenes, cheap motels, and tales of depraved living, floating by on tunes so unassuming they disappear before the darkness ever truly sets in.
  5. Mar 25, 2014
    60
    Maybe they were trying to evoke Leonard Cohen’s Songs From a Room but they came up with something sweeter (albeit noir-ish) in the process.
  6. Mar 21, 2014
    60
    This is not an uplifting listen. [Apr 2014, p.91]
  7. Feb 24, 2014
    50
    Both men put tender wheeze and murmur into their voices, but sing in unison or octaves as a default mode, which grows dull almost instantly.

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