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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Michigan indie rock artist was originally released in 2017 by Urinal Cake Records before a wider release by Saddle Creek Records in 2018.
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  • Record Label: Saddle Creek Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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Spotted Gold
All i wanted from you Spotted gold turned black and blue It give me something to hold on to hey You've been reckless for so long You've been reckless... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 2, 2018
    80
    Never too bitter or too sweet, these songs are bursting at the seams with casual urgency, an intoxicating counterpoint to the songs' melancholy.
  2. Feb 2, 2018
    80
    The songs are all about stressful experiences, conflicts, and struggles, and this uneasiness is felt throughout the record, but all of this cathartic energy is harnessed in a highly skillful manner. Messes almost seems too accomplished to be referred to as a debut album.
  3. Feb 7, 2018
    80
    Chura proves that she exists in a different plane where music for its own sake lies at the zenith of what one can experience and achieve in life, and is detached from the excesses of wealth and power it can bring. Here’s hoping there’s much more to come from this magical songstress.
  4. Feb 2, 2018
    72
    It’s easy to indulge a reverie when it’s a vivid one, and Messes invites you to lose track of time for awhile with it.
  5. Feb 2, 2018
    70
    In Messes, I’m hearing plenty of scrappy, sardonic, guitar-slashing indie rock--“Spotted Gold” stands out--but also other things. Chura’s voice gains clarity and sophistication on the slower songs.
  6. Feb 2, 2018
    60
    Messes is the kind of album you feel rather than interpret, where what’s being said is less important than how it’s delivered. And when it comes to vocals, Chura’s delivery is certainly distinctive.
  7. Feb 2, 2018
    60
    Though Messes is a record full of heart, it doesn’t always hit there as powerfully as it could.

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