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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Los Angeles indie rock band was recorded in Hawaii, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Ojai, and Thailand.
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Past Lives
Save me From the prime of my life And I'll try To carry you home tonight Annie Over Kansas in heels Like a child Laughing at endless skies I will... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Magnet
    Oct 18, 2016
    85
    Having carved out a signature sound from the start, Local Natives continue to sound both fresh and familiar. [No. 136, p.57]
  2. 80
    This release is not a cliched, sulky attempt to do something new fuelled by the frustrating necessity for a narrative to complement their art. Instead, Sunlit Youth sounds like music Local Natives want to make.
  3. Sep 12, 2016
    80
    For all the globe-trotting that went into the album, this is a band that--perhaps more than any other at the moment--innately sound like and capture their Californian home in all its beautiful complexity.
  4. Sep 8, 2016
    70
    Sunlit Youth may not be the massive leap forward some fans may have wanted, but it's far from a step back. Instead, it's yet another steady offering from Local Natives, who continue to build on a solid catalogue.
  5. Sep 8, 2016
    70
    While in the process of embracing more electronics they lose a bit of their organic warmth, particularly compared to their debut, Local Natives hang on to a significant amount of their quirkiness and rhythmic flair.
  6. 67
    Local Natives’ original components are still in fine working order, but evolution shouldn’t sound this unnatural. They tried, but their discomfort with the equipment stops the songs from fluorescing.
  7. Sep 9, 2016
    50
    This lack of immediacy is representative of Sunlit Youth as a whole; it feels overproduced, like some of the essence of what has defined this band for two albums has been polished away. In its place is a more palatable but distinctly less exciting listen.

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