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  • Summary: The fifth full-length solo release for Kyle Thomas as King Tuff was co-produced with SASAMI and features contributions from Meg Duffy of Hand Habits.
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  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Jan 27, 2023
    Aided by Ashworth's sure hand, the new leaf Thomas turns over here means that Smalltown Stardust is just as good a mellow, meaningful King Tuff album as Was Dead is a rollicking, down and dirty rock record. Which is to say, really, really good indeed.
  2. Mojo
    Jan 27, 2023
    His own music finally snaps into focus: gone, the scrappy garage/glam, in favour of sophisticated singer-songwriterly pop constructed around acoustic guitar, strings, extravagantly multi-tracked vocal harmonies and consistent tunes. [Mar 2023, p.86]
  3. Jan 27, 2023
    On 2018’s The Other, Thomas was questioning and searching in sometimes morbid ways. Now, with the personally emotional Smalltown Stardust, he has found some solid answers in nature, love, friends, and hometown memories; King Tuff sounds gratifyingly grounded.
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Feb 8, 2023
    Uplifting and lovely. [Mar 2023, p.78]
  5. Uncut
    Jan 27, 2023
    It's an effortless charmer. [Feb 2023, p.29]
  6. Feb 7, 2023
    Gaze into Smalltown Stardust’s airy arrangements and you might see a reverse image of previous King Tuff records. That was music made for the cold dark of night, or at least a dimly curtained bedroom; this is music made to be heard in the reassuring glow of sunshine.
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