What a Pleasure - Beach Fossils
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  • Summary: The EP from the Brooklyn band is a follow-up to its well-received 2008 self-titled debut.
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  1. Mar 15, 2011
    72
    It'll be interesting to see where Beach Fossils go from here, because What a Pleasure is the type of release that shows they're talented, but still have a little work to do fully capitalize on it.
  2. Apr 27, 2011
    70
    What A Pleasure drips with what so many second-outings lack: promise. If this EP is an indicator, what comes next from these dudes will merit anticipation.
  3. Mar 15, 2011
    65
    While their debut showed a lot of promise, Beach Fossils still haven't really set themselves apart from every other band practicing the same pleasant murmurs of personality.
  4. Mar 15, 2011
    63
    This Pleasure is known, but in the end it overstays its welcome.
  5. Apr 5, 2011
    60
    Now, that's not to say that this process is completely cynical, or that What a Pleasure isn't, well, pleasurable. The problem is that the nostalgia it evokes doesn't seem to be a by-product of an aesthetic objective, but a goal in and of itself.
  6. 60
    Overall, What a Pleasure is essentially the Beach Fossils sound with the fuzz and some of the reverb stripped away. As expected from a transitional release, it's not a drastic shift, nor is it any better or worse, but it changes things just enough to keep the EP from being overly familiar.
  7. while the 7 or so songs on What A Pleasure have different names, it never really feels like anything ends or begins. It just kind of is, much in the same way that after listening to Beach Fossils, you know something happened but you can't remember why it did so or what it meant.
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