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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the Superchunk frontman under his own name features influences from 1980s music.
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  1. Jun 22, 2015
    100
    Non-Believers slips masterfully between vantage points and emotions.
  2. May 5, 2015
    80
    Non-Believers offers up a more fragile, exposed side of the songwriter. While the catchy, jangly hooks that have defined Superchunk for so long are present on these 10 tracks, they feel more tentative, gentle--even slightly unsure of themselves.
  3. Mojo
    May 20, 2015
    80
    Among many highlights, the best and brightest is the Guided By Voices-do-Status Quo elation of Box Batteries, an elegy for youth designed to live forever. [Jun 2015, p.88]
  4. May 7, 2015
    70
    The only thing that’s the least bit ambiguous is the supposed theme that inspired the songs, a fascination fraught with themes of discovery, isolation, alienation, and ambiguity. Heady stuff, for sure, but propelled by enthusiastic melodies, Non-Believers becomes the kind of album that can woo even the most reluctant listener.
  5. May 19, 2015
    70
    Non-Believers may disarm at first, but after a couple of listens this will quickly hook into the ears and heart as every Mac McCaughan venture does. This is his dusk album.
  6. Uncut
    May 12, 2015
    70
    The Superchunk frontman journeys to the early '80s, where punk was dissolving, songs were becoming introspective and straightforward rumble of rock was being corrupted by synthesisers. He does it with precision. [Jun 2015, p.78]
  7. May 6, 2015
    60
    Non-Believers is an easy record to enjoy, but there isn't much more going on.

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