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My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me
My love took me down to the river to silence me And when he left I could not speak I lay on the ground I tried to scream But no sound did come out I... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Q Magazine
    Aug 20, 2013
    80
    LGC seem set to bring a winning edginess to drive time. [Sep 2013, p.106]
  2. 70
    There is a little filler to strip, and Little Green Cars are still a work in progress--but they have already honed a seasoned sound, paying homage to peers beyond their years.
  3. Aug 14, 2013
    70
    There are moments of schmaltz, but these Little Green Cars exude a lorry-load of charm.
  4. 70
    High up the Mumfords scale, checking the boxes for straining vocals, loud and quiet dynamics, thumping bass drums and American gothic lyrics about rivers and literature.
  5. Aug 14, 2013
    60
    The band’s ability to contrast their often dark lyrics with upbeat melodies ensures that there is much more to the record than first meets the eye and, while Little Green Cars may not be the finished article just yet, Absolute Zero proves they undoubtedly have bags of potential.
  6. They show a weakness for the winsome, but Faye O'Rourke's fabulous foghorn fixes that: when she takes the mic, Cars' promise rings out loudly.
  7. Aug 19, 2013
    60
    Appleby lays it on a bit thick, which is why Faye O'Rourke's powerful, bruised vocals on three songs out of 11 prove a welcome respite.

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  1. Nov 23, 2016
    7
    Little Green Cars are an ambitious bunch if nothing else. The sounds put together on their debut "Absolute Zero" make it clear that the bandLittle Green Cars are an ambitious bunch if nothing else. The sounds put together on their debut "Absolute Zero" make it clear that the band are aiming for the stars/charts as they take a range of indie styles and apply them to their own compositions. You can hear the "influence" of Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons and Bon Iver throughout the record as well as a bit of Fleet Foxes. This is more in terms of production values and studio work rather than the bands actual songs. This is no surprise as they recruited Markus Dravs to man the production controls, a man who has worked with several of the afore mentioned bands. Obviously, an indie rock band don't get a number one album, even in their home market, without being somewhat decent. There is clearly more to the band than a tribute to the best of the early 2010's music scene. One of the most puzzling things for me is the American accents from a band hailing from Dublin, Ireland. It no doubt broadens the appeal of their sounds but this is never a good enough reason to sing in a specific accent that is not your own. "Absolute Zero" has some great moments, "The John Wayne" being the standout example along with "Please" and opener "Harper Lee". When the band are playing with freedom they are great. The record does improve with repeated listens which is always a good sign of an album. Expand