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Way to Be Loved
Walking down the sidewalk, Is that the way that you wanna be seen? Face that won't forget you, Photographic memory. Impression that you're drawn... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. 85
    While there’s nothing in anyway groundbreaking here, what makes it so interesting is the fact that TOPS don’t just recycle familiar pop tropes, but somehow manage to re-articulate the musical landscape of one decade and revitalise sounds that feel all too familiar. And that makes it an album worth talking about.
  2. Sep 3, 2014
    80
    What makes Picture You Staring so deeply enjoyable is the band’s acute sense of when to obscure their sound and when to let it shine through. Walking this tightrope, TOPS never go so far off the deep end of their experimental recording side to completely hide their sad-hearted hooks.
  3. Sep 3, 2014
    80
    TOPS are a rare band that have an covalent bonding chemistry with one another, and the results are a bright, sparkling album that continues their legacy as some of the best revivalists around.
  4. Sep 4, 2014
    80
    Luckily, Picture You Staring does deliver on the promise of its lead single.
  5. Sep 4, 2014
    75
    What it sometimes lacks in immediacy and depth it makes up for in a number of moments of genuine transcendent beauty. Not the definite article then, but increasingly the real deal.
  6. 50
    The best offerings here are “Blind Faze” and “2 Shy”, Fleetwood-fashioned tracks that sway playfully, celebratory in their own modest way. The rest doesn’t hit hard enough, and doesn’t even really seem like it wants to.
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  1. Sep 18, 2014
    9
    In this modern world, not caring (or putting it elegantly: not giving a ****) is considered the coolest thing ever, and sometimes this isIn this modern world, not caring (or putting it elegantly: not giving a ****) is considered the coolest thing ever, and sometimes this is reflected in music, with many bands invoking their 2cool4u attitude over their listeners.
    But unlike these people, TOPS cares, and delivers with Picture You Staring something that is beautiful without being melodramatic, and sincere without sounding heartbreaking. With its soft melodies and Jane Penny's vocals, Picture You Staring is a great surprise, and here's hoping that it isn't the last one of this uncool band.
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