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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Dutch indie trio of Jaap van der Velde, Erik Woudwijk and Elias Elgersma was recorded in Amsterdam.
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  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
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  1. Feb 12, 2020
    90
    Only a few acts have really transcended local industry mores and enlightened amateurism to make something of truly wider, lasting appeal. And maybe none more so than The Homesick with this record, which should surely sneak through the gates of classic pop heaven.
  2. Mojo
    Feb 19, 2020
    80
    Fans of self-possessed art-pop are directed here. [Apr 2020, p.91]
  3. Mar 24, 2020
    80
    Although fans of the band’s debut might say The Big Exercise lacks a song with the immediacy of “The Best Part of Being Young Is Falling in Love With Jesus,” it more than makes up for that by way of it demanding to be heard as a whole rather than individual sum of its parts.
  4. 75
    At times strained, others contemplative, though always whimsical, theirs is a carefully constructed character, one that refuses to take itself too seriously though never dares become anything close to disinterested. And for that, and indeed much else, they should be highly commended.
  5. Classic Rock Magazine
    Mar 5, 2020
    70
    Jerky, visceral, complex, cerebral, a deep joy. [Apr 2020, p.89]
  6. Feb 7, 2020
    70
    This is an album that shows a progression, but instead of delving deeper into harsh sounds, they have gone the other way, delivering something that feels light and fluffy but has the same lyrical hit as their debut.
  7. Feb 6, 2020
    60
    The band have expanded their sound with mixed results.

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