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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Philadelphia indie rock features four songs produced by John Congleton, with the rest of the tracks self-recorded with Pine Barons member Keith Abrams.
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Fat Kiddo
Fat kiddo on the ground again Dirt might stain you sometime Now everybody's toes lift Heels tip back The slide flips to the next Backlit we all see... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 11, 2017
    80
    On their second release, The Districts are imbued with the power to make long-stay names of themselves in a genre they're frankly dominating right now.
  2. Aug 11, 2017
    80
    With Popular Manipulations, the Districts make their first grand statement, setting a new bar for themselves in the process.
  3. Aug 11, 2017
    79
    Popular Manipulations resembles a sunset that’s far more than ordinary, the red sky at night before the darkness of the latest hours. It’s not letting anyone down.
  4. 75
    Fans of garage rock will be familiar with the fuzzed-out results, at its best highlighting the band’s trademark guitar distortion, although at times muffling Grote’s vocals slightly. But their sound has evolved considerably.
  5. Sep 25, 2017
    70
    Themes of alienation and heartbreak are set against sweeping guitar hooks, handled with a well-studied attention to craft that takes cues from bands like Wolf Parade and Modest Mouse. A wise template to base their potent anthems on.
  6. Aug 14, 2017
    67
    Like all of their work, it’s capable and tuneful and reveals a young band of skilled songwriters that put all their faith in their guitars, even if it’s often hard to pinpoint where their own vision begins and their taste ends.
  7. Aug 11, 2017
    60
    Bandleader Robert Grote yells with a whole lot of heart throughout Popular Manipulations but often struggles to translate that passion into meaningful lyrics.
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  1. Sep 12, 2017
    8
    The Districts succeed in many ways here, perhaps the most important way being their cool, interesting sonic distortions that overcame someThe Districts succeed in many ways here, perhaps the most important way being their cool, interesting sonic distortions that overcame some undemonstrative background structures, showing the kind of strong songwriting quality that may be easily looked past in the sea of smart yet unnecessarily categorized indie rock. My Score: 135/180 (Solid) = 7.5/10 Expand