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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British indie rock band is its first with Thomas Fiquet and Robbie Wood, who replaced the departing founding members Higgy and Zack Robinson.
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  1. 90
    From their dream-pop origins, through their psychedelic sophomore, they have arrived at a spiritual revolution with Emerald Classics. It's a development to be proud of, to feel good about.
  2. A wide-eyed, serotonin rush of an album that will make you eternally grateful for Swim Deep’s perseverance.
  3. Oct 4, 2019
    70
    At times, you yearn for a little more grit among all the blissed-out euphoria, but ultimately the hooks are big enough to sink in and take hold.
  4. Oct 4, 2019
    70
    Heavily indebted to ‘90s indie pop but never boringly reverential - it’s the sound of a band mining the past into a vibrant future.
  5. Oct 4, 2019
    60
    Similarly to how grungy Gen-Xers both co-opted and rejected the music and aesthetics of their boomer parents, on Emerald Classics Swim Deep conversely embrace and slough off the remaining dust of '90s Brit-pop nostalgia. They may have been inspired by the music that was at its peak around the time they were born, but they aren't going to drown in its wake.
  6. Q Magazine
    Oct 22, 2019
    60
    Sadly much of this record is stuck in the shallows. [Dec 2019, p.114]
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