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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Irish rock quintet Just Mustard was self-produced and mixed by Audiobooks' David Wrench.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. May 27, 2022
    100
    Just Mustard have said they wanted their second album, Heart Under, to make the listener feel like they are driving through a tunnel with the windows down. And on this noisy, wonderfully chaotic record, the band seems to have nailed it. ... The inventive beats make you want to dance.
  2. 100
    A truly unique gem. ... The band have said they want ‘Heart Under’ to feel like the experience of driving through a tunnel with the windows down. Through deliciously inventive musicianship they’ve created something even more thrilling.
  3. 90
    It's easy to get sucked into darkness and despair, Heart Under proves that so, but thankfully, Ball's voice oversees that listeners only merely toe into these bottomless, murky waters.
  4. 80
    Heart Under thrums with menace, a glint of teeth always on display yet never fully bared. Heart Under is an album rooted in anticipation: Just Mustard know it’s the glimmer of danger that’s most enthralling of all.
  5. May 31, 2022
    80
    The wicked atmosphere that they’ve crafted across Heart Under is worthy of celebration alone.
  6. May 27, 2022
    80
    One of Just Mustard’s strengths is that no single strength attempts to outshine the others. David Noonan’s and Mete Kalyoncuoglu’s guitars don’t shred or solo, they swarm and swirl. Robert Hodgers Clarke’s undertowing bass lines rattle the foundations that Shane Maguire’s insistent drumming create.
  7. Jun 7, 2022
    77
    Rather than holding up a torch, Heart Under adjusts your eyes to the pitch black.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 28, 2022
    10
    Got some heavy PJ Harvey vibes, a dash of Julee Cruise, mixed with the sonic vibe of Blonde Readhead. Dark and brooding. Reminds me of theGot some heavy PJ Harvey vibes, a dash of Julee Cruise, mixed with the sonic vibe of Blonde Readhead. Dark and brooding. Reminds me of the music I listened to when I was in my Goth phase in high school. However, unlike that music, I am down for more listens. Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2022
    9
    Shoegaze de altíssima qualidade. Instrumental impecável, vocais simplesmente divinos e uma ambientação densa e soturna que traz exatamente oShoegaze de altíssima qualidade. Instrumental impecável, vocais simplesmente divinos e uma ambientação densa e soturna que traz exatamente o que a banda anunciou antes do lançamento "a experiência de dirigir por um túnel com as janelas abaixadas". Expand
  3. May 31, 2022
    9
    So many shoegaze references on its sleeve (with Cranes vocals on top) that it would be easy to label it derivative BUT that would totally missSo many shoegaze references on its sleeve (with Cranes vocals on top) that it would be easy to label it derivative BUT that would totally miss the point. You can pay homage to what came before while still breathing life into a genre that, sadly, has fallen off many radars. A fave of 2022 so far! Expand
  4. May 29, 2022
    9
    Sounds like Portishead, My Bloody Valentine and PJ Harvey, tense and sonically interesting.
  5. Jun 3, 2022
    8
    It is great in all the ways other reviews say. For me, the uniformity of the style, especially the vocals, begin to drag by the end of theIt is great in all the ways other reviews say. For me, the uniformity of the style, especially the vocals, begin to drag by the end of the tracklist. For others, this cohesion will be a plus if the style is more your thing.

    I probably won't listen to this regularly, but I recommend everyone gives it a listen because it succeeds at what it's going for.
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