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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Australian indie rock band was produced by Burke Reid.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Uncut
    Jun 4, 2020
    It's romantic, it's exhilarating. [Jul 2020, p.26]
  2. Jun 5, 2020
    No doubt that momentum they’ve built up will take them to plenty of new places when they can get back to playing live next year; they set out to capture that feeling on record this time around, and they’ve succeeded, with an album that makes Hope Downs feel like a warmup. After all this travelling, they’ve finally arrived.
  3. Jun 4, 2020
    Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever delivers a slice of summer with the successful Sideways to New Italy as the band keeps rolling on and smiling all the way.
  4. 80
    While it is excellent in places, Sideways to New Italy doesn’t quite rise to the same heights as its predecessor.
  5. Jun 4, 2020
    Sideways to New Italy is not only the perfect summer companion, but it also makes room for a reflective experience. As the band work to find what constitutes "home" again, digging into their individual pasts and the people and places who have shaped them, perhaps it can inspire listeners to look inwards and do the same.
  6. Jun 8, 2020
    Nothing quite comes close to ‘Cars In Space’ for desk-slapping earwormery, but with three singer-guitarists at play, the music chops and weaves with an impressive intricacy, always stopping itself short of self-indulgence. If you’re looking for a modern, uplifting celebration of all things riff, these boys have got your back.
  7. Jun 8, 2020
    On Sideways to New Italy, the five-piece continues their solid methodology of songcraft, even if it may feel a little stale by the album’s end. It’s the cream of the crop when it comes to modern reverbed-out jangle pop, but there’s really only so much one can take when it comes to this midtempo playlist-rock.

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  1. Jun 5, 2020
    Haven't stopped listening since the preorder stream went live. Instant cult classic, and hopefully it turns out to be something even bigger for them.
  2. Jun 5, 2020
    Absolute belter of an album, even better than 2018's outstanding 'Hope Downs'. Personal favourites are Cars in Space, Cameo, and The Cool Change.
  3. Jun 6, 2020
    It’s a shame that record companies no longer send bands back to write a few more better songs for albums. Sideways To New Italy is good, butIt’s a shame that record companies no longer send bands back to write a few more better songs for albums. Sideways To New Italy is good, but not good enough. It fails to build on the wonderful Hope Downs, and there’s nothing here of the calibre of Talking Straight. There are some highlights - ‘Cars In Space’ is really great, despite not having a chorus. Single ‘She’s There’ is catchy and ‘Cameo’ is a refreshing change of direction. Overall though this is quite disappointing, the guitar playing is uniformly inferior to ‘Hope Downs’ and the light frothy, summery production is a real miscalculation. Expand