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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Philadelphia indie rock band led by James Alex features contributions from former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Rolling Stone
    Jan 14, 2020
    James Alex re-ups the Replacements' underdog thrash for a new generation, and he's so on point. [Jan 2020, p.84]
  2. Jan 15, 2020
    The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City is a rock 'n' roll album that brings you barroom blues with a stoic smile; a reckless attitude with a retro vibe that avoids silliness, so earnest and true is Alex in his delivery.
  3. Jan 10, 2020
    Some of the shaggy verve of old has been sacrificed, and the latter half of the album lacks the emotional specificity of Alex’s best work. A few quieter acoustic tracks, augmented by understated strings and horns, echo the singer’s work in his alter-ego project, Quiet Slang, and provide some welcome textural variety.
  4. Jan 10, 2020
    The Replacements were so luminescent because they played their bizarre, specific brand of rock for the kids at the front, all snot, spit and sweat. In trying so blatantly to recapture that magic, The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City can't help but feel like a lot of smoke and mirrors.
  5. Jan 10, 2020
    The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City is too harmless to hate, but it’s hard to feel much of anything about it—which is a fatal flaw for a band that leverages an uncanny ability to rid people of inhibitions against their better judgment.
  6. Jan 10, 2020
    Choruses, riffs and harmonies sound familiar because they're cribbed straight from some of the Replacements' best-known songs. The genuine sweetness and naivete that made this bald-faced theft more forgivable on earlier albums is harder to find here, leaving songs that are catchy enough but ultimately feel like hollow impersonations of someone else's work.
  7. Jan 16, 2020
    An aimless collection of half-baked ideas that makes 33 minutes feel interminable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 14, 2020
    This album really doesn't work for me- what is it? Glam rock? Boogie rock? Bar No One sounds like the lyrics were written by a child