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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the indie rock duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado features a full symphony orchestra conducted by Trey Pollard and contributions from Matthew E. White, The Flaming Lips' Steve Drozd and The Lemon Twigs.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Jan 20, 2017
    90
    Hang is truly something to behold in all its grandiosity and pompous pure pop bombast.
  2. Jan 20, 2017
    83
    On Hang, Foxygen hits its stride, a well-oiled machine confident in its surfeit of songwriting abilities and wieldy powers.
  3. Jan 5, 2017
    80
    This is a pointedly unhip album, an that's part of what makes this so refreshing. [Jan-Mar 2017, p.65]
  4. 80
    Hang is propelled by two principal forces--star-quality musicianship and the will to trespass beyond tradition. And, crucially, at a third of the size 
of its predecessor, it allows 
Rado and France--who wrote and produced every song--to fully focus. Rado’s keys are particularly outstanding.
  5. Jan 10, 2017
    70
    Tension may not be the defining characteristic of Foxygen's sound this time around, but it's still there, bubbling up furiously beneath the sparkling surface.
  6. Jan 5, 2017
    60
    At first the wackiness is too much to digest, a sort of “you don’t have to be mad to review this, but it helps!” Yet against the odds, Hang does reward patience.
  7. Jan 17, 2017
    20
    The orchestra tries so desperately to stage this cool retro show, but there are so many glaring holes in the script.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 22, 2017
    10
    In my opinion, an absolutely perfect album that epitomizes everything right about the over-indulgent, theatrical rock and roll of the 1970s,In my opinion, an absolutely perfect album that epitomizes everything right about the over-indulgent, theatrical rock and roll of the 1970s, employing Jagger-esque vocals and Beatles-y instrumentals and tongue-in-cheek pastiche to a wonderful effect. Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2017
    9
    An enormous sound is accompanied by image-invoking lyrics and it all equates to a rather splendid record, and one which is bound to rewardAn enormous sound is accompanied by image-invoking lyrics and it all equates to a rather splendid record, and one which is bound to reward multiple listens (simply due to the amount of things going on). Back on top form. Expand
  3. Feb 1, 2017
    8
    A solid listen for indie-rock lovers and a must listen for anyone who is a fan of the bombastic orchesral style of Queen or any contemporaryA solid listen for indie-rock lovers and a must listen for anyone who is a fan of the bombastic orchesral style of Queen or any contemporary alternative groups that embrace the grandiose sound. This album has a much more cohesive vision than its predecessors and is probably Foxygen's best to date, which is reassuring to see after it looked like they might discontinue after "And Star Power." Expand
  4. Feb 9, 2017
    8
    An audacious album, but that's what Foxygen is all about. A great send up of 70's pomp but done with sincerity. A lot of critics thoughtAn audacious album, but that's what Foxygen is all about. A great send up of 70's pomp but done with sincerity. A lot of critics thought Star Power was a mess, but now sounds like it makes perfect sense in Foxygen's master plan. Expand
  5. Jan 20, 2017
    8
    Got to say, I like the album, it is better than most I have listed to really, and IMO better than "And Star Power".

    However, (slight
    Got to say, I like the album, it is better than most I have listed to really, and IMO better than "And Star Power".

    However, (slight criticism) for most of the listen I felt like too many instruments were being thrown at my eardrums.

    Roll on the new MGMT.
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  6. May 14, 2017
    8
    With their ambitious combination of orchestral and synthetic timbres, along with their wonderful doctoring of simple harmonic structures,With their ambitious combination of orchestral and synthetic timbres, along with their wonderful doctoring of simple harmonic structures, Foxygen creates a worthwhile sophisticated pop album that should help grow their name and their subsection of pop. My Score: 137/180 (Solid) = 7.6/10 Expand

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