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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the Americana band was produced by Ted Hutt and is its first with touring drummer Stefan Amidon.
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  1. Aug 21, 2018
    80
    Chains Are Broken ends up being another excellent addition to the band's already-strong recent run of albums.
  2. Aug 29, 2018
    80
    The rockabilly melody and Southern Gothic themes reference an era of simplicity and provocation. The Devil Makes Three's lyrical analogies in Chains Are Broken are thought provoking emotional medicine.
  3. Uncut
    Aug 21, 2018
    80
    Pete Bernahrd's songs speak of humanity facing insanity in many forms. [Oct 2018, p.27]
  4. Aug 24, 2018
    80
    Once the shock of the bigger, bolder sound fades, Chains Are Broken reveals itself as a perhaps inevitable maturation for the Devil Makes Three, one that broadens their horizons while retaining their vigor, humor, and heart.
  5. 70
    The more sophisticated Chains are Broken reflects a willingness to push beyond the somewhat cult audience The Devil Makes Three has accumulated, into a wider framework without abandoning their reputable roots. While it may be a bit jarring on initial spin, the risk has paid off.
  6. Aug 21, 2018
    66
    While Bernhard and his colleagues--bassist Lucia Turino, guitarist Cooper McBean and new recruit, touring drummer Stefan Amidon--are intent on conveying these tales of darkness and despair, their upbeat approach, flush with propulsive rhythms and distorted guitars, suggests a punk-like persona and a devil-may-care distinction, one that distracts and departs from any deeper meaning.
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