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  • Summary: Magik Magik Orchestra string arranger Minna Choi joined on the second release for the Massachusetts-based duo of Christopher Barnes and Kristen Drymala.
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Eyes cast into the night Searching for someone You needn't stare so long It's time enough for us To fall into dreams No hands covering your... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Alternative Press
    Jan 27, 2014
    90
    Everything is organic, unforced and so subtly constructed that much of the time you don't so much hear the songs as feel them. Beautiful. [Feb 2014, p.91]
  2. Jan 27, 2014
    80
    These are intimate bedroom ballads of the highest order, music that embodies the bleak essence of a snowy day, rain streaming down a window pane or cloudless grey skies. In other words, the perfect soundtrack for this cold, winter season.
  3. Feb 7, 2014
    80
    The songs here have lost none of the lonely strength of their earlier material, and the band’s performances are no less gorgeous; but the new strength of Gem Club is that their music is capable of being just as joyous as it is devastated, and the result is powerful.
  4. Jan 29, 2014
    71
    The new splashes of color are welcome, and they help to lend In Roses a degree of character that wasn’t always present in Gem Club’s earlier music.
  5. Magnet
    Feb 21, 2014
    70
    It's a transformative, fluidly orchestrated moodscape of dappled piano figures, synthesizer washes and swelling strings, horn and bell tones. [No. 106, p.54]
  6. Jan 29, 2014
    67
    In Roses lets him further elaborate his delicate elegies, but his songs tend to live best when he grows them himself from start to finish.
  7. Feb 6, 2014
    55
    Its pulse never rises above soporific levels.

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