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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release from Brooklyn indie rock band DIIV was produced by Chris Coady.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
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  1. May 23, 2024
    90
    The Brooklyn four-piece have produced something truly special. This is a real statement of a record, one that sees them forge ever further skyward in their pursuit of monolithic shoegaze (‘Brown Paper Bag’, ‘Somber the Drums’) while also exploring softer territory on tracks so thick with atmosphere that their queasy melodies gnaw at the marrow of your bones.
  2. May 23, 2024
    90
    DIIV have refined their brooding vibe and produced as gorgeous a record as you’ll hear this year.
  3. May 24, 2024
    85
    With Frog in Boiling Water, their best album yet, the band is proving that their music is urgent enough and true enough to transcend whatever suffering it takes to make it work.
  4. Uncut
    May 23, 2024
    80
    It's a beautiful-sounding record with tracks like "Somber The Drums" and "Everyone Out" providing moments of tender poppy beauty amid the general sense of decay. [Jun 2024, p.32]
  5. May 24, 2024
    79
    Frog in Boiling Water offers evocative images, like the dejected, “Stuck on the ground” and “wasted” “Brown Paper Bag.” But it makes its best case as a “political shoegaze” album through its tone.
  6. May 24, 2024
    75
    While Frog's vocal melodies are often simple, with nursery-rhyme lightness, tuning into their lyrics make them seem more like sugar-coated pills. They establish Smith as both an objector of the failing system and another one of its many idle subjects, free-floating in the rush of disappointment.
  7. 50
    The renewed cohesion and collaboration may have saved the band during this album’s recording process, airing grievances and settling put-off tensions, but the resulting homogeny of their sound lacks real bite and feels muddied.

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