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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the band that includes Jonah Falco and Mike Haliechuk of Fucked Up, Tamsin M Leach and Jack Goldstein was recorded by Alex Gamble.
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  • Record Label: Merge
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative Dance
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jun 1, 2020
    Even though Falco, Haliechuk and their Hairpins cohorts appear to be cramming in influences from almost everywhere (acid house, new wave, funk, punk, psychedelia and more), the whole album is incredibly coherent, lucid, and most importantly it’s the of thing that might just define a summer spent outside. Assuming that’s ever going to be possible this year.
  2. May 29, 2020
    No matter the mood or mode, Haliechuk and Falco make nary a misstep and show they are equally adept at inspiring weird dance moves, conjuring up post-punk ghosts, or delivering indie rock thrills. At their best -- which is most of the time -- they leap past being a sum of their influences to make music that sounds supremely fresh, and if the shifts between sounds can be a little jarring on the first couple of listens, at least Harmony Avenue is never boring.
  3. Jun 10, 2020
    Harmony Avenue exudes the free-spirited exuberance of a side project. It's the sort of album that's a blast to listen to in part because it leads you to imagine how much of a blast it must have been to make.
  4. May 29, 2020
    The music is punchy, with electronic and analog elements, but, in contrast with Fucked Up, there is absolutely nothing abrasive about the vocals, which are sometimes dominated by beautiful harmonies, as the album's title suggests.
  5. Uncut
    Jun 19, 2020
    The net result is unexpectedly charming. [Aug 2020, p.30]
  6. 70
    It's a deft endeavour in making an album that speaks to the most bombastic music of the past, and it's an enjoyable listen – just be wary of ear fatigue.
  7. Mojo
    May 29, 2020
    It lacks the gargantuan personality and all-encompassing throaty bark of FU's leader Damian Abraham to give it a USP, but Falco, as frontman, does a decent job of stamping his own marker. [Jul 2020, p.84]

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