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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Chicago quintet includes production from Dave Sitek, Chris Coady, and Jim Abbiss.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Morrison, Spector, Doherty, Cobain; The Orwells know their roots and they know how that story plays out.
  2. 75
    To their credit, The Orwells own their brattiness, but they also know their way around a good hook. That’s a devastating combo, and in the case of this album, it makes for a more-than-satisfying modern rock record that’s both carefully crafted and shot straight from the hip.
  3. Jun 2, 2014
    70
    Like the late-night cautionary tales that play out in their songs, the real key to enjoying The Orwells is to just not overthink it and listen and enjoy the music, because time spent pontificating about their age is time that could be better used for partying.
  4. Jun 2, 2014
    62
    Ultimately, they're at their most engaging when maintaining an ironic distance between subject matter and tone.
  5. Jun 26, 2014
    60
    The Orwells ape highlights of the last 25 years of indie rock on their second album. [Aug 2014, p.78]
  6. Jun 13, 2014
    60
    It's fun for sure but perhaps not quite the game-changer everyone--or, at least, the band themselves--was hoping for. [Jul 2014, p.112]
  7. 10
    The vocals are almost hilariously monotone, the lyrics loaded with crass, elementary rhymes, and the instrumentation is simply dreadful. [Jul 2014, p.98]

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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. Jul 2, 2014
    8
    This is a fun album! I immediately thought of the Black Lips when I first heard it, for some reason. I'd guess a Black Lips meets ModestThis is a fun album! I immediately thought of the Black Lips when I first heard it, for some reason. I'd guess a Black Lips meets Modest Mouse is an appropriate comparison at times ... but at others, more like the Hives meet Iggy Pop. Intriguing combos, right? Maybe even Stroke-ish at times. ... whatevs - if you like carefree rock, give it a go. Expand