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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Canadian quartet was self-produced and mixed by Graham Walsh.
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  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Feb 3, 2021
    90
    Arguably the most exuberant guitar pop alum of 2020. [Mar 2021, p.87]
  2. 80
    What sets Kiwi Jr. apart from their peers though is their madcap view of the world and Cooler Returns establishes them as a band too confident to conform; a band who have all the skills to match their lyrical smarts.
  3. Jan 21, 2021
    80
    The real fun of Cooler Returns, though, lies in the clever details that you might never understand, no matter how many times you listen.
  4. Jan 21, 2021
    80
    With Cooler Returns, Kiwi Jr. remains suspended in an alternate reality where it's always the last day of undergrad classes and a group of bookish housemates is hanging on a front porch waiting for a party to start around them. The sophomore semester moves with a little more intention and nuance than the freshman year did, but the year-end celebration is no less of a blast.
  5. Jan 25, 2021
    80
    Songs such as Maid Marian’s Toast are both clever, easy-going and gilded with just the right amount of feedback and mouth organ.
  6. Jan 22, 2021
    70
    Cooler Returns plays out best if you go with its flow. Musical flourishes, references, and inspirations abound, but if you let yourself get lost in it, there is a lot to enjoy and not too much to worry about.
  7. Jan 27, 2021
    69
    Most of Cooler Returns is an extension of what their last album was – that’s intentional. These aren’t meant to be revelations, or even to be taken as on-point analysis of a time or place. This is music for the soul, if your soul is literally craving a beer and a nap.

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