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  • Summary: This is the first release of all new material in eight years for the British indie folk band led by Stephen Duffy.
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  • Record Label: Tapete Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop
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  1. Apr 14, 2015
    80
    No Sad Songs is a quintessentially solid and affective offering from the band, and with the continued rise of indie folk stylings well into the 21st century, the Nick Drake-inspired approach they've been loyal to since the '80s might not be embraced by the masses but should at least find itself in fashion.
  2. Uncut
    Apr 14, 2015
    80
    No Sad Songs is close to their masterpiece, each song lovingly rendered, drenched in harmonic rainfall, corralled with sympathetic, gentle arrangements, each song poetic. [May 2015, p.76]
  3. Apr 14, 2015
    70
    Yet even with his occasional indulgences, No Sad Songs is an impressive comeback.
  4. Apr 14, 2015
    60
    The aching titular song and the pre-Raphaelite-esque beauty of The First Song Of Spring compete with the best of the band’s balmy canon, while the dark, dulcimer-assisted A Cat On The Longwave supplies this otherwise life-affirming comeback with an unexpectedly downhearted conclusion.
  5. Mojo
    Jun 9, 2015
    60
    Duffy's devotional regard toward his own aesthetic rapture is sometimes cloying, but these are also beautifully mellifluous and impressively composed recordings. [Jun 2015, p.91]