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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British post-punk band was recorded in Wales with producer John Parish.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
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  1. 100
    Dry Cleaning have a sound that is as singular as it is dazzling.
  2. Apr 1, 2021
    90
    New Long Leg may not always be positive, but it's more interesting than that, more needling and necessary. It's everything at once, a record that absorbs and spits back the unending noise of the world and asks that you take a second look, every common thing somehow made brand new.
  3. Apr 2, 2021
    86
    It amounts to something tougher and more original than merely the sum of classically cool influences—a sound that activates Shaw’s disparate imagery, making the setting seem more dangerous.
  4. 80
    Any vocalist might thrill to engage with such sleek backing tracks, yet Shaw’s cool delivery and off-kilter lyricism occupies unusual spaces in the band’s arrangements, pushing the whole project into edgily discombobulating territory.
  5. Apr 2, 2021
    80
    Shaw is the magic ingredient. Her lyrics – snippets of found text, but mostly her own writing – leap out, and have more impact from being delivered conversationally, freed from the rhythms and meter of the music. ... This is a debut to be excited about.
  6. Apr 1, 2021
    80
    New Long Leg delivers on every level, from Shaw’s lyrical attention to detail to the impeccable musicianship that surrounds her. Fulfilling all the promise shown by those early releases not to mention 4AD’s faith in signing them up, Dry Cleaning are the real deal. Potential realized in abundance.
  7. 70
    It’s difficult to see where Dry Cleaning goes after the defiant line in the sand drawn here. But for those willing to follow them, and especially frontwoman Shaw, it’s likely they will blaze an idiosyncratic path in the music sphere, similar to what they have accomplished on this rather remarkable, often powerful, and always challenging, debut.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Apr 5, 2021
    7
    Sarcastic,conversational and funny. The debut burst forward so casually you barely get the opportunity to realize what exactly you justSarcastic,conversational and funny. The debut burst forward so casually you barely get the opportunity to realize what exactly you just witnessed. Wearing their guitar rock influences on their sleeves they almost channel sonic youth at its heights. Favourites:scratchcard laynard,unsmart lady,john wick Expand
  2. Apr 3, 2021
    1
    How old are you reviewers? Have you ever heard music from the 80's? The music on this is okay. The singing[really?] is like a woman readingHow old are you reviewers? Have you ever heard music from the 80's? The music on this is okay. The singing[really?] is like a woman reading the back of a sleeping pill medicine bottle with no emotion. Bad Marianne Faithful rip off. Wonder what her vocal warm ups are like? This album is flipping horrible. Expand