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  • Summary: More than 20 musicians contributed to the third release from North Carolina-based Stuart McLamb's music project, The Love Language.
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  1. Aug 1, 2013
    75
    On first listen, Ruby Red is explosive, raucous, and exciting. Repeated listening reveals different textures, more nuanced emotions, softer tones.
  2. Jul 30, 2013
    75
    McLamb seems to be relishing the chance to get outside of his head, making music that is gorgeous and unashamedly fun.
  3. Jul 23, 2013
    70
    Immersive and claustrophobic, Ruby Red seems designed for solitary listening under headphones. [Aug 2013, p.72]
  4. Jul 23, 2013
    67
    Like a complex machine, the record has an impressive number of moving parts, but it lacks soul.
  5. Jul 23, 2013
    67
    Ruby Red is free to sprawl and amble, joyous in its own sense of creative possibility.
  6. Aug 20, 2013
    60
    McLamb's vocals still sometimes fall the wrong side of the impassioned/histrionic divide, but this is a far more coherent album than its predecessor. [Sep 2013, p.104]
  7. Jul 25, 2013
    50
    For a man standing behind the curtain, McLamb is strangely an impotent ruler and wizard, at least here on Ruby Red.

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