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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the indie rock supergroup that includes Kurt Bloch, Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon, and Corin Tucker was co-produced by Bill Rieflin.
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  1. May 17, 2019
    80
    Filthy Friends have made a record to remind us all what music can aspire to.
  2. May 3, 2019
    80
    It’s comfortingly familiar, but played with conviction and expertise.
  3. May 3, 2019
    70
    Emerald Valley isn't the slam dunk that Invitation was, but it's more than good enough to suggest this project has legs, and here's hoping the participants find time to cut a third album sooner than later.
  4. 67
    Despite the erratic material, Emerald Valley has moments of spine-tingling brilliance that shouldn’t be missed.
  5. Jul 18, 2019
    65
    Filthy Friends are suave, soothing, and anthemic—especially on "One Flew East"—but Emerald Valley is caught in an awkward slowness.
  6. May 10, 2019
    61
    Tucker and Buck remain an electric match, and minus the lyrics, their songs knit together well. They are great and talented musicians. But the subjects they tackle demand more raw nerve than Filthy Friends seem willing to put to tape.
  7. 40
    These indie rockers chug along with sufficient energy but few have memorable melodies or hooks. Tucker’s words, while well meaning, are often simplistic and preachy.

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