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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for the Austin rock band was recorded live and produced by Ethan Johns.
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Take It Easy (Ever After Lasting Love)
You don't have to say a single world I know just what you're thinking, girl You don't have to tell me you love me Take it easy You don't have to be a... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Mar 31, 2016
    89
    White Denim realizes a sound truly its own on Stiff, shaking off whatever nerves that may have lingered after significant lineup change.
  2. Mar 21, 2016
    80
    The group stated they wanted to get back to basics and make a ‘good time record’, they’ve easily succeed, but Stiff also offers a band who continue to push their influences and have gigantic amount of energy left in the tank.
  3. Mar 25, 2016
    80
    White Denim sound as strong as ever on Stiff, even when the itchy undertone of the songs begins to rise to the surface.
  4. 70
    Wild, erratic and out for adventure, your mother warned you not to hang out with albums like this.
  5. Mar 28, 2016
    60
    Variety comes in the form of a gently funky soul interlude midway through that highlights the versatility of James Petralli’s voice. But rather than complementing the rest of the album it betrays Stiff’s lack of cohesion.
  6. Mar 23, 2016
    60
    Stiff is a hard record to dislike--sometimes all you need for a good time is some well produced, straightforward rawk n’ roll, a good throwback album to channel your inner guitar purist to. If that’s what you’re looking for, Stiff more than fits the bill.
  7. Mar 16, 2016
    40
    Stiff is better when it's slower, but it still feels like riding a rollercoaster that's all climb and no twist.

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  1. Mar 29, 2016
    8
    Genuinely impressed with how White Denim balances a quality sound at the same time having a lot of fun throughout. Lead vocals from JamesGenuinely impressed with how White Denim balances a quality sound at the same time having a lot of fun throughout. Lead vocals from James Petralli are impressive and fun; they're pretty harmonious too. It's a bluesy rock album that's easily accessible, but also contains the right amount of stylistic risks. I love the sweet sounding instrumentation, from the booming guitars throughout to the plinky, bluesy organ to the beginning of Real Deal Momma. It's also funny how the lyrics (especially on the closing tracks) sound so much like Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Anyway, this should be your soundtrack whether you're fixing the fence to driving across the country.

    Best Tracks: 1-8

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  2. May 3, 2016
    7
    Another solid album by White Denim, although I feel that the guitar-driven tracks are getting a bit monotonous in their catalog. To me, theAnother solid album by White Denim, although I feel that the guitar-driven tracks are getting a bit monotonous in their catalog. To me, the stand-out song is Take It Easy where James Petralli's vocals are as silky soulful as some of the masters of Motown. If I had a wish for this band, it would be that they would make a throwback soul album, or at least one that puts the vocals front and center (see also song Street Joy). Expand