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  • Summary: Brian Christinzio's first album in seven years was recorded in Manchester, England.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
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  1. Jan 7, 2015
    80
    Not only a remarkable return, but also a songwriting master-class that will hopefully see BC Camplight embark upon a second act worthy of his talents.
  2. Jan 7, 2015
    80
    Not one second of How To Die in the North feels over-worked or incongruous.
  3. Q Magazine
    Jan 7, 2015
    80
    Melodic and eccentric, this is a multi-layered beauty. [Feb 2015, p.106]
  4. Uncut
    Jan 7, 2015
    80
    An out-of-time treat. [Feb 2015, p.73]
  5. Jan 21, 2015
    80
    How to Die in the North is an undeniably tasty dish, served hot or cold.
  6. Jan 20, 2015
    80
    This is an occasionally beautiful, often strange album that deserves a wider audience than Christinzio’s previous releases.
  7. Mojo
    Feb 2, 2015
    80
    An exhilarating step beyond [the 2005 and 2007] albums' late-'60s foundations. [Feb 2015, p.93]
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  1. Feb 10, 2016
    10
    An unbelievably brilliant return by a true original. To call him just neo-psych would be to deprave him of otherworldly talents. Have aAn unbelievably brilliant return by a true original. To call him just neo-psych would be to deprave him of otherworldly talents. Have a listen if you are a fan of craft and invention. Expand
  2. Feb 20, 2015
    9
    This is a diverse album. I'm rating it highly not only because of that but also despite it being a bit of a throwback, it's a strong andThis is a diverse album. I'm rating it highly not only because of that but also despite it being a bit of a throwback, it's a strong and focused effort from an artist whom I feel might have a bit more behind the curtain than he's letting on. Expand
  3. Aug 18, 2016
    9
    Late to this guy but as I review 10 Manc artists this week I've discovered a true gem. Elusive, sharp melodies and mad arrangements from oneLate to this guy but as I review 10 Manc artists this week I've discovered a true gem. Elusive, sharp melodies and mad arrangements from one of the past decades most elusive personalities. Expand
  4. Jun 24, 2015
    9
    Park at the water's edge. Swallow the blotter. Open the rear doors of your airbrushed Dodge van and roll around in the plush sofas to thePark at the water's edge. Swallow the blotter. Open the rear doors of your airbrushed Dodge van and roll around in the plush sofas to the Californian airwaves until your surfer haircut is messy enough to match the size of your pupils. ”How to die in the North” is a album of beautiful Beach Boyesque snapshots thru a vaseline blurred lens. Expand
  5. Jan 21, 2015
    7
    Fun songwriting and instrumentation in a sort of 60's pop style (for the most part). Vocalist sounds like Brian Wilson sometimes. My biggestFun songwriting and instrumentation in a sort of 60's pop style (for the most part). Vocalist sounds like Brian Wilson sometimes. My biggest issue with How to Die in the North is the track disparity. Some tracks are great, such as the slow, piano ballad Good Morning Headache, or the wistful, jazzy Atom Bomb. However, there are some tracks that fall flat. I wasn't a fan of the R&B influenced Just Because I Love You or the largely forgettable surf tune Thieves in Antigua. The messy array of styles present on the album makes it a bit unorganized and unfocused. BC Camplight has the songwriting, instrumental, and vocal chops to make a great album, but he needs a focused vision of himself to succeed. Expand

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