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  • Summary: North Carolina electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso created the songs for its fourth full-length release while staying in Los Angeles earlier this year.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 12, 2022
    80
    There's a haunted, kaleidoscopic quality to No Rule Sandy that has the feeling of listening to an old phone message from a loved one you might have forgotten, or watching grainy home movies -- familiar, yet new.
  2. Uncut
    Aug 11, 2022
    80
    Longer songs are punctuated by studio chatter, voicemails, birdsong and other ambient sounds, lending the whole project an artfully informal intimacy. [Sep 2022, p.32]
  3. Aug 11, 2022
    80
    For all the fun Sylvan Esso was clearly having in the studio, the music also reflects just how unstable the 2020s feel. All the whizzing, zinging, twinkling, morphing sounds promise there are ways to cope with what’s coming at us.
  4. Aug 12, 2022
    80
    An album that never fails to take you off guard with each new song. The end result of that frenetic time in California shows how a change of pace can create magic; this is Sylvan Esso’s best album yet.
  5. Aug 18, 2022
    70
    Throughout No Rules Sandy, Meath’s lyricism remains observed and witty, with double entendres and eccentric phrasing abound.
  6. Aug 15, 2022
    63
    Despite the burst of creativity that inspired it, No Rules Sandy lacks urgency. The songs that do sharpen into concrete images evaporate rather than carry their metaphors forward.
  7. Aug 11, 2022
    60
    While it might not be pushing too far beyond its own boundaries, No Rules Sandy makes for an enjoyable and affecting listen, whatever the weather.

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  1. Sep 9, 2022
    10
    Many songs still surprise me when I relisten to this. I think it's their best album since their first.