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  • Summary: The second full-length release for Michelle Zauner solo project was produced with Craig Hendrix.
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Road Head
You gave road head On a turnpike exit Going home Going home Last ditch desperate Like a makeshift cell phone Pump and run Pump and run Pump and... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jul 14, 2017
    91
    While everything on Japanese Breakfast’s proper sophomore effort isn’t entirely fresh, and its structure is somewhat loose, there’s a confidence and crispness to Soft Sounds that shows just how fully realized Zauner’s formerly homemade experiments have become.
  2. 83
    Soft vocals percolate through the record, lending it a remarkable emotional profundity. Though at times the record feels a little repetitive, Zauner’s lyrical skill keeps it from being boring.
  3. Jul 18, 2017
    81
    Soft Sounds is full of pretty interludes of ambient noise, mixed with shoegaze and electropop touches.
  4. Jul 13, 2017
    80
    Soft Sounds is ambitious not only because it throws so much in, but because it aims to push a coherent whole out the other end. It's experimental pop that wants to experiment while still sounding like pop, and it really works.
  5. Uncut
    Jul 13, 2017
    80
    Zauner adds peppier number like "Machinist" and "Road Head" without ever sounding like she's spread too thin. [Aug 2017, p.32]
  6. Jul 13, 2017
    80
    Japanese Breakfast is turning into an artist with much to adore, unabashedly authentic but creating music that we can still all see a little bit of ourselves in.
  7. Jul 20, 2017
    60
    There are plenty of loveable moments, sure, but they tend to congeal like sand passing through your fingers.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Jul 18, 2017
    9
    A very well-written album. This is one of the years best album, and the years best indie album. This project is incredible and should get theA very well-written album. This is one of the years best album, and the years best indie album. This project is incredible and should get the attention that it deserves. The album strongest tracks are Road Head, Machinist, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, Boyish and Till Death. Expand
  2. Aug 2, 2017
    9
    I had never heard of this artist, so I went in with an open mind and was very pleasantly surprised. This is by far one of my favourite albumsI had never heard of this artist, so I went in with an open mind and was very pleasantly surprised. This is by far one of my favourite albums of 2017 and I can't stop listening to it. The pure, raw emotion is amazing. Expand
  3. Aug 15, 2017
    7
    Although it may not reach a height of true amazement, the timbre was indeed wonderfully soft and carried enough energy, and giving way to aAlthough it may not reach a height of true amazement, the timbre was indeed wonderfully soft and carried enough energy, and giving way to a bit to typical song conventions worked well with well-formed and melodically interesting layers, but sadly leaving behind slow and shallow harmonic progressions. My Score: 126/180 (Good) = 7/10 Expand

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