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  • Summary: Michael Collins is joined by a full band--plus guests like Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood--on his second album as Drugdealer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 24, 2019
    80
    What unites the songs, if anything, is a breezy insouciance that belies careful construction. You get the sense that, like Yeats’ women, this is an album that must “labor to be beautiful.” It hides the work very well behind a sunny façade, but you don’t get movie-perfect string swells and luminous vintage keyboard lines and cheerful blurts of all-hands brass without a certain amount of forethought. Consider Collins the impresario, taking what his collaborators give him and polishing it to a high gloss.
  2. Apr 19, 2019
    80
    The music is genuinely rich, and creates a strong nostalgia for a musical era gone by.
  3. Uncut
    Apr 18, 2019
    80
    This is another unhurried set of expertly played FM gold. [May 2019, p.27]
  4. Apr 19, 2019
    80
    Fulfills all the promise of the debut and more.
  5. Apr 23, 2019
    75
    The second Drugdealer album isn’t quite the knockout it could have been, but it easily delivers on the promise of Collins’ debut. If his idea is to let this latest incarnation stick around for a while, we’re in for a real treat.
  6. Apr 22, 2019
    74
    Collins crafts a pristine portrait of early-’70s AM radio by taking inspiration not only from the period’s definitive artists, but its discarded pop detritus, too.
  7. 60
    It’s an album that feels made for technical appreciation, rather than necessarily engaging the listener.

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  1. Apr 22, 2019
    8
    An album of consistently strong 60s/70s inspired tunes, Drugdealer has made an album that flows just as you'd want it to whilst demandingAn album of consistently strong 60s/70s inspired tunes, Drugdealer has made an album that flows just as you'd want it to whilst demanding enough attention to keep you excited and interested.

    Instantly likeable, undoubtedly great, and completely inoffensive makes this album a solid eight out of ten.
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