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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the Minnesota emo trio of Dylan Mattheisen and brothers Billy and Matthew Chevalier was produced by John Fields.
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  1. Sep 18, 2019
    90
    Breathe is Tiny Moving Parts' best work to date, and if math rock is your thing, it would be a crime to not check it out.
  2. Kerrang!
    Sep 18, 2019
    80
    Truthfulness and honesty [are] inherent throughout this fantastic record. [14 Sep 2019, p.55]
  3. Sep 18, 2019
    64
    It’s been five albums now with this formula, and I’m not saying I’m looking for a New Coke version of Tiny Moving Parts, the formula is very good, but it’s holding the band back from being anything more than pretty good.
  4. 60
    I did enjoy hearing Jetty Bones' cooing voice on "Icicles (Morning Glow)" but other than that there aren't that many songs to phone home about. There aren't even rock ballads a la "Minnesota" and while the closer "Hallmark" tries to mix aggression with toned-down indie licks to somewhat appeal to folks like me, it's just not the impact I expected from the band this time around.
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  1. Sep 20, 2019
    9
    Breathe is a great album. Not perfect though. Some of it feels a little bit tame. Billy's drums especially seem stripped down. Occasionally,Breathe is a great album. Not perfect though. Some of it feels a little bit tame. Billy's drums especially seem stripped down. Occasionally, you get This Couch and Pleasant Living vibes but not nearly enough in my opinion. This band is capable of pretty much anything and this album, at times, seems more basic than their previous releases musically. Lyrically, this album hits hard and will be extremely relatable for years to come. It's a giant step forward in almost every way. A step back in a few ways but still a fantastic album but Every song is worth listening to. Expand
  2. Oct 21, 2019
    8
    Prototypical “math rock,” so-called because it uses a lot of changing meters and hyperspeed tapping guitar fills. The vocals are rough aroundPrototypical “math rock,” so-called because it uses a lot of changing meters and hyperspeed tapping guitar fills. The vocals are rough around the edges and feature a little too much screaming/shouting for my taste, but I have to admit it does help raise the energy level. This isn’t music to help you fall asleep! The highlights of the album, Medicine and Vertebrae, are probably also the most accessible, in case you want to try a couple sample problems but not do the whole worksheet. Expand