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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the New Zealand psychedelic pop band was recorded in New York, New Zealand, and South Korea.
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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.
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    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]
  4. Aug 15, 2013
    The album’s sense of propulsion is so strong even the weaker tracks don’t drag at all.
  5. 70
    A little more of this adventurous spirit could launch Surf City from being a very good band to a great one.
  6. 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]
  7. 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