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  • Summary: This is the debut solo debut release for the former Smith Westerns band member.
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  1. 80
    Crucially, New Misery never sinks--it’s lightweight enough to ensure it never gets weighed down.
  2. 80
    Denser than any of their three albums, New Misery blends catchy solos, beefy drums and thick synth parts indebted to Spiritualized and OMD with Cullen’s voice--which remains evocative of some dreamy American high school utopia.
  3. Apr 18, 2016
    80
    Channeling both experience and innocence into his first solo collection. Against all odds, Omori has conjured up a solid debut that should ensure a bright future lies ahead.
  4. Mar 18, 2016
    70
    New Misery may be uneven, but it confirms Cullen Omori has a musical future one might not have expected based on the Smith Westerns.
  5. Mar 21, 2016
    70
    As Cullen's thought provoking and dark lyricism crawls beneath its music adornment, you must unlock it to really appreciate the contrast.
  6. Mar 18, 2016
    65
    A solo debut that functions as a bit of a reinvention, for better or worse. [Jan/Feb 2016, p.58]
  7. Mar 18, 2016
    42
    Most of the songs on New Misery sound exactly like Smith Westerns without Kakacek. But here’s the rub: Omori’s voice is so airy that it works best when punctuated by meat-and-potatoes moments straight out of the classic rock cookbook.

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