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  • Artist(s): Peter Buck
  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the collaboration between R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and The Auteurs' Luke Haines includes contributions from Scott McCaughey and Linda Pitmon.
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  • Record Label: Omnivore
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Mar 30, 2020
    It may be the antithesis of Shiny Happy People, but this Beat Poetry is never anything less than compelling.
  2. Mojo
    Mar 6, 2020
    Buck's guitars are supportive throughout, inspired by Haines's alternative universes. [Apr 2020, p.94]
  3. Q Magazine
    Mar 10, 2020
    These songs coalesce into visionary rabble-rousing. [May 2020, p.106]
  4. Mar 6, 2020
    The songs are good. Both musicians are pros. The execution is offhandedly excellent, like they’re not even trying but nailing it anyway. But you never get the sense that these songs matter all that much to either principal. It’s a parlor trick, a juggling act that they could do all day without dropping anything, but the stakes don’t seem to be very high.
  5. Uncut
    Mar 6, 2020
    An engaging thing it is too. [Apr 2020, p.28]
  6. Mar 6, 2020
    This music shows that Buck is a very good friend to have in the studio; he knows how give a song the setting it needs, and this is a dark but richly entertaining delight.
  7. 60
    Beat Poetry Survivalists is a bold first step, and if some of the songs don’t quite hit the mark, it’s only because the two are intent on taking their partnership to certain extremes. And because risk sometimes leads to recklessness, a few missteps are not only inevitable but also forgivable.

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