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  • Summary: The second full-length solo release for the ex-Smith Westerns frontman was recorded with Taylor Locke in Los Angeles.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
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  1. Aug 16, 2018
    80
    While New Misery was steeped in severity and perhaps a strained sense of needing to prove oneself, The Diet cuts off the pretentious fat. The resulting sound is inventive, fun, fresh, and perhaps Omori's best release to-date.
  2. 80
    The songs are beautifully crafted, shimmering with an alluring magic and aura, existing in their own time and space.
  3. Aug 17, 2018
    70
    The Diet isn't a quantum leap over New Misery, but it certainly represents a step forward for Cullen Omori, both as a songwriter and a performer, and as long as his love life remains problematic, he should have a great future ahead of him.
  4. Q Magazine
    Aug 16, 2018
    60
    Omori hits the sweet spots--butterfly-inducing money notes, wistful minor-key switch-ups--but rarely excites more than cordial admiration. [Sep 2018, p.117]
  5. Aug 17, 2018
    60
    The events of two years ago might have left Cullen dejected, but he’s managed to spin beauty out of those bad times.
  6. Uncut
    Aug 16, 2018
    60
    The result is substantially more upbeat and cohesive--a West Coast take on Britpop. [Sep 2018, p.36]
  7. Sep 5, 2018
    50
    The Diet's overall mood is scattered, littered with contributions from countless session musicians. These details eventually weigh down The Diet, and it wears down into a sluggish affair.

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  1. Sep 30, 2018
    9
    Brilliant LP (much better than the last one as well). Many reminders of the Smith Westerns sound but with a twist making the sound his own.Brilliant LP (much better than the last one as well). Many reminders of the Smith Westerns sound but with a twist making the sound his own. Several catchy and memorable songs. Expand