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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Los Angeles group led by David and Meredith Metcalf is its first in six years.
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  1. Sep 12, 2017
    80
    Even the most contemplative cuts move with purpose and vigor and carefully plotted complexity. Long-time listeners might well miss the fizzing, popping, overload of good feelings that Eyes and A Certain Feeling brought on, but quieter, darker tunes have a value, too.
  2. Q Magazine
    Aug 31, 2017
    80
    On this fourth LP, the hook-laden Here Among You is as celestial as pop music can be: if they have a breakout song it's this, but it's far from the only moment of magic. [Oct 2017, p.100]
  3. Mojo
    Aug 31, 2017
    80
    Meredith and David Metcalf craft slow-rolling CA ghost ballads, beguiling end-of-days stories with the same mournful beauty as The Triffids' Born Sandy Devotional. [Oct 2017, p.98]
  4. Aug 31, 2017
    70
    This isn’t super-catchy, sugary sweet pop music, but the record’s subtle melodies and hooks keep the songs interesting, regardless if those hooks are coming from a piano, guitar, or a chorus of voices.
  5. Aug 31, 2017
    60
    The album may take an unexpected tone, but it's not without its seductions. David Metcalf handles the majority of vocals with a haunting, Nick Cave-like quality that comes with an air of noir-ish suspense, and arrangements that highlight ensemble vocals and animated percussion without encroaching on the realm of stomping banjo folk are, at the time of release, a novelty.
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