Stills - Gauntlet Hair
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  • Summary: The second full-length release from the Denver band formed by Andy Rauworth and Craig Nice was produced by Jacob Portrait.
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  1. 70
    Stills explores its feelings of hurt and misgiving more deftly with its music than with its lyrics; if you’re sick of Dick and Barry types, the darkly-focused new wave avant-pop of Stills can still offer its rewards.
  2. Jul 15, 2013
    70
    With practically no dependence on laptop recording tricks, Stills sounds completely lost in another era, and all the darker and truer for it.
  3. 70
    Gauntlet Hair’s reference points are sublime, of course, but when they come up with the grudging funk of ‘Simple’, it’s something that’s all their own work.
  4. Jul 12, 2013
    60
    Marred by a lack of discipline, but bursting with a deliciously bleak, psychotropic allure, Stills's capricious spirit is ultimately its greatest strength and its most glaring fault.
  5. Jul 19, 2013
    50
    It’s just that Stills loses this sense of purpose and intensity when Gauntlet Hair opts for creating the shadowy, haunting atmosphere that settles over the much of the album, with many of the experiments resembling a stylistic jumble that neither showcases the band’s undercover catchiness nor brings out the darker impulses they seem hell bent on exploring.
  6. Jul 16, 2013
    50
    It’s a darker, angrier album and it shows that the duo is adventurous, but the experiments don’t quite cohere.
  7. Jul 12, 2013
    40
    What made the band so charming--their indiscernible vocals, the prickly, overbearing guitars, the lo-fi grittiness of it all--has been lost in the makeover.

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