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  • Summary: This is a compilation of sessions with BBC DJ John Peel between 1985 and 1988 from the New Zealand indie pop quintet.
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  1. Nov 12, 2014
    86
    Even in their nascent form though, the songs provide ample evidence of Phillipps’ growing strength as a songwriter.
  2. 80
    This compilation may only offer a limited snapshot of the Dunedin sound, but rarities like the unreleased ‘Christmas Chimes’ make it worth the trip.
  3. Nov 12, 2014
    80
    They're an absolute must for anyone enamored with the kiwi pop sound and serve to show a different, less produced and more immediate side of the band's wistful, rolling songwriting style and dynamic, moody playing.
  4. 80
    Overall, The BBC Sessions is another tantalising insight into song world of The Chills, that acts as another generous interim step towards a hopefully fully-fledged wave of new and/or properly reissued material in 2015.
  5. The Wire
    Dec 16, 2014
    80
    Several tracks differ little from versions on their 1987 Flying Nun debut Brave Worlds, but the instrumental rarity "Moonlight On Flesh" brings a welcome expansiveness redolent of a more modest Echo And The Bunnyman. [Dec 2014, p.57]
  6. Nov 20, 2014
    70
    This compact compilation should introduce newer listeners to a reliable indie band always worth hearing, and it will remind veteran fans of the endurance of intelligent lyrics, delicate melodies, unpredictable directions, and tuneful charm.
  7. Nov 12, 2014
    40
    It’s hard not to hear these songs and think of a hollowed-out Echo & The Bunnymen, devoid of the magic, mystery or the passion that made that band so vital.

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