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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the indie duo of Ryan Needham and Liza Violet was produced by MJ of Hookworms.
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  1. Jan 14, 2015
    100
    Ratworld is that rarest of beasts--a debut album that’s got a backstory running deeper than all six seasons of Lost, but still sounds like it’s delivered without any requirement for effort whatsoever.
  2. 80
    Menace Beach’s debut may relish a world on the brink of chaos, but this is a band with their shit together.
  3. Jan 27, 2015
    80
    They do what they do quite well and this cohesive debut should win them plenty of fans.
  4. Jan 23, 2015
    61
    Theirs is the rare lead vocalist/backing vocalist dynamic that feels like an equal partnership, with Violet’s injections propelling these songs nearly as much as their rubbery bass lines or pogoing guitars.
  5. Jan 21, 2015
    60
    Throwback factor aside, there is a lot of shameless fun on offer, though little imagination. But what they lack in originality they make up for in hooks and enthusiasm.
  6. Jan 13, 2015
    60
    The speed-rock splendour of ‘Lowtalkin’’ put to one side, the band’s career prospects and longevity probably lie in the strained emotional hypnotism of the more muted, more self-conscious moments.
  7. Feb 17, 2015
    50
    The handful of tracks that work on Ratworld demonstrate that Menace Beach has potential. But the rest of the album shows clearly that while the group has a distinctive sound, they just aren’t there yet from a songwriting perspective.

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