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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the New Zealand indie pop quartet was produced by the band's guitarist Jonathan Pearce and lead singer Elizabeth Stokes.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 90
    In the here and now, with Jump Rope Gazers, they are bounding past their contemporaries.
  2. Jul 7, 2020
    80
    While there's an overall sense of reining in and refining on Jump Rope Gazers that keeps it from reaching the giddiest heights of its predecessor, the band sounds just as good in this mode as the other, just a little different.
  3. Jul 7, 2020
    80
    With Jump Rope Gazers, the Beths — Stokes, Pearce, bassist Benjamin Sinclair and drummer Tristan Deck — prove that despite a global pandemic, it’s still possible to have a good time. They might not be excited, but we sure are.
  4. Jul 10, 2020
    80
    Jump Rope Gazers is crammed with fizzing indie-pop tunes, and not unlike Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell or Alvvays’ Molly Rankin, Stokes has an innate talent for crafting beautiful bittersweet effervescent indie guitar pop. The Beths take the chiming indie template and energize it, infusing it with their own personality and sly wit.
  5. Jul 24, 2020
    80
    While they sacrifice a little of the propulsive excitement of their debut, the tweaks to their sound deepen the emotional impact of this new set of songs.
  6. Jul 9, 2020
    75
    With Jump Rope Gazers, The Beths add new layers to the sound they began establishing two years ago, and those layers are as touching as they are revealing.
  7. 60
    The irony of ‘Jump Rope Gazers’ is that as The Beths push themselves to do something different for album number two, they actually end up with the sonic sameness that the first record miraculously avoided. Only now do they sound like they could just be any other band.

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  1. Jul 10, 2020
    10
    Beautiful, expertly crafted pop. More varied and introspective than their last album, but just as great. Love it!
  2. Jul 11, 2020
    10
    No words, an incredible album throughout. Particularly hits when played in order, which I have already done 7 times since release yesterday.No words, an incredible album throughout. Particularly hits when played in order, which I have already done 7 times since release yesterday. The Beths have been a favourite band of mine for a while, so my expectations could not have been higher, and they have been more than surpassed. Astounded. Expand