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  • Summary: The latest solo release from the ex-Hefner frontman is an album of English folks songs dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 25, 2013
    80
    This is effectively juxtaposed with ominous understatement, and the shifting moods, combined with varied instrumentation including harmonium, banjo and electric piano, make for an intriguing, satisfying listen.
  2. Jul 16, 2013
    80
    Overall, Bugbears is an album that reveals something new on repeat listens.
  3. Jul 16, 2013
    80
    Pretty, poignant and educational, too. [Aug 2013, p.71]
  4. 70
    History has rarely been so engaging.
  5. Aug 6, 2013
    70
    Beyond Bugbears' supplementary nature, it's a coherent collection of songs, a window to a period closer in time and temperament to our own than we imagine.
  6. Jul 16, 2013
    60
    Bugbears is a rich and warming curio, and there's something quietly noble about Hayman dragging the thoughts of these long-dead writers back into the light. [Aug 2013, p.93]