• Record Label: Fire
  • Release Date: Sep 3, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Sep 5, 2013
    We Knew may be a less immersive listening experience than Kudos was, but it makes up for that by sounding better and having better songs.
  2. Aug 15, 2013
    Surf City plays with a more confident and reassured sound as the group comes into its own on We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This.
  3. 70
    A little more of this adventurous spirit could launch Surf City from being a very good band to a great one.
  4. Aug 15, 2013
    The album’s sense of propulsion is so strong even the weaker tracks don’t drag at all.
  5. Aug 15, 2013
    We Knew It Was rarely evinces the same boldness, proffering instead a steady procession of jangle-fuzz jingles that yield moments of brain-massaging beauty (the gleaming outros of “Song From a Short-Lived TV Series” and “What Gets Me By”, in particular) but little of Surf City’s more combustible qualities
  6. Uncut
    Aug 15, 2013
    "It's A Common Life" is haunted by the ghost of Snapper, a sort of Antipodean Suicide, while the likes of "I Had The Starring Role" and "What Gets Me By" recall the prettier moments of Straitjacket Fits and Bailter Space. [Sep 2013, p.95]
  7. Aug 28, 2013
    A chilled-out, longing slice of psych melancholia that's the perfect soundtrack for your remaining stub of summer. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.131]

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