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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Nashville-based indie rock trio that includes Alicia Bognanno, Clayton Parker and Reece Lazarus was engineered and mixed by Bognanno.
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  1. Q Magazine
    Oct 24, 2017
    80
    Alicia Bognanno's diary-like vocals still slide from ingenue-like to raging screams and back again but now her delivery is a little more taut. It makes the bits where she loses control feel very real. [Dec 2017, p.102]
  2. Growing up is hard but Bully make it sound exhilarating.
  3. Nov 27, 2017
    80
    Her ability on both sides of the mixing deck is on full display throughout Losing, and her latest work strengthens her case as a supremely talented songwriter and producer.
  4. Oct 24, 2017
    72
    Like Smashing Pumpkins did at their peak, Bully tease dimensionality out of their music by emphasizing the similarity, and then the space, between Bognanno’s voice and the guitars that squall around her.
  5. Nov 15, 2017
    70
    The band might not have developed their sound, but they have made their feelings more explicit. Although there is bubbling rage to the group, there is still a comfort they bring to their listeners. The variation of vocals and instrumentation from high to low show a dynamic that is not easily attainable.
  6. Oct 24, 2017
    70
    Bully's newfound vulnerability and over-earnestness ("unproductivity haunts me!") creates a wedge between them and their cynicism-prone Nineties influences. By delving inward, they carve a path forward.
  7. Oct 19, 2017
    40
    There’s nothing inherently bad about anything on Losing, but nothing’s going to stick around, either.

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  1. Oct 21, 2017
    6
    This seems like a band I would really dig. The instrumentation and playing is great (although the guitars on Seeing It is trash) and the leadThis seems like a band I would really dig. The instrumentation and playing is great (although the guitars on Seeing It is trash) and the lead singer, while way too raspy, is energetic. And even some of the lyrics can be fun in that teen angst sense (no that's not a backhanded compliment). But what kills this for me, like their debut, is the production. It is too polished! Clearly there needs to be grit and bite here but unfortunately the producer thought the mixing should have Alicia Bognanno's vocals be as clean as possible and push the instrumentation to the back and mixed to be softer and quieter than it should! Seriously when the songs clearly need some head banging rock swagger it's mixed where there is no bite whatsoever. I remember hearing the band once at a music festival and they sounded great when they are live. Why don't the producers they hire know this?! Expand