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Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

  • Summary: Chad VanGaalen returns from producing Women's 2010 album Public Strain to release his fourth full-length solo album.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 17, 2011
    While he's certainly revisiting his familiar aesthetic, VanGaalen has refined his style, resulting in a focused, cohesive album with a rocker's confidence powering through each track.
  2. Jun 14, 2011
    Sure, there are imperfections along the way, but this is an immeasurably intriguing and constantly developing journey that's best experienced alone.
  3. May 17, 2011
    Hard to imagine any of his future albums beating this one, but it's entirely possible, and all signs seem to point toward this inventive young producer/songwriter being on the rise.
  4. Jun 29, 2011
    While Diaper Island doesn't represent a significant break from VanGaalen's existing body of work, it ultimately haunts and endures in just the right amount--making this one of the strongest entries in an already consistent discography.
  5. May 17, 2011
    It's gritty and honest. Beneath the surface-layer thrill of some of these songs are subtle character shifts and brave one-liners, all of which confirm VanGaalen's status as gripping songwriter as well as a producer.
  6. Jun 30, 2011
    It's that subtle interplay between humour and sadness that makes for meaningful, lasting music, and VanGaalen walks the line with the best of them.
  7. May 17, 2011
    His vulnerable warble is still intact, his lyrics remain tenderly existential (aside from, uh, Shave My Pussy), and the noisy bits just make the softer tunes all the more gutting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 30, 2011
    Another beautiful outing. At once messy, haunting and moving. It's difficult not to appreciate his musicianship - He's the only one doing whatAnother beautiful outing. At once messy, haunting and moving. It's difficult not to appreciate his musicianship - He's the only one doing what he's doing, and he always seems to be doing something a little different... Expand

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