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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
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  1. Jun 6, 2020
    7
    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, 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 andIt’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
  2. Jun 5, 2020
    10
    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.
  3. Jun 5, 2020
    10
    Absolute belter of an album, even better than 2018's outstanding 'Hope Downs'. Personal favourites are Cars in Space, Cameo, and The Cool Change.

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Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Q Magazine
    Jun 9, 2020
    80
    This is the sound of a band perfectly balanced and creatively ablaze. [Summer 2020, p.104]
  2. Jun 8, 2020
    60
    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.
  3. Jun 8, 2020
    70
    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.