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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Welsh singer-songwriter was produced by Noah Georgson and Josiah Steinbrick.
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Love Is Not Love
Ha, whistle me over the knell And talk me to the sea Can't be forever in your summer land Feeling like geometry Takes me over, takes me... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 90
    By coalescing a number of everyday influences – from Television to John Cale--and adding her own distinctive formula, Crab Day doesn’t really sound like anything else out there.
  2. Apr 15, 2016
    80
    Asking familiar questions in downright bizarre ways, with a musical palette that continues to revel in awkwardness, slipperiness, and experimentation, Cate Le Bon is a dab hand at holding a warped mirror up to life, and reflecting things in unexpected ways by now.
  3. May 27, 2016
    80
    Approached from any direction, Crab Day is a fully featured, dazzling example of Cate Le Bon’s boundlessly surprising versatility.
  4. Magnet
    Jun 1, 2016
    75
    The music's trickiness never seems gratuitous, though, because the changes in direction correspond to a lyrical stance that articulates the struggle to figure out what's constant in a world of change. [No. 131, p.59]
  5. Apr 19, 2016
    70
    There are moments of overt post-punk motifs ("What's Not Mine"), swirling psychedelia ("Find Me"), and even nods to a more primal singer/songwriter blueprint scattered across Crab Day. It's more of an invitation to wonder than it is a self-explanatory LP, which makes for a powerful resonance with Le Bon's exciting new beginning.
  6. Apr 13, 2016
    70
    Across Crab Day, though, there is a lightness to Le Bon’s arrangements. She doesn’t go for dramatic shifts in tempo or tones, which makes subtle additions more obvious.
  7. 40
    She lacks rhythmic ingenuity: most tracks just stump along in unaccented 4/4, the spiky riffs cycling dully over and over.

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  1. Oct 24, 2016
    8
    Crab Day shows us how life is short and vague. I find love in every note and a kind of hope. Cate Le Bon is an amazing artist and this albumCrab Day shows us how life is short and vague. I find love in every note and a kind of hope. Cate Le Bon is an amazing artist and this album gave me life. Expand