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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length solo release for Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio.
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Sister of Pearl
think i might forget it gonna write it down if youll just regret it dont bring your ass around it is what it is until it was what it was so just keep... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Q Magazine
    Sep 1, 2015
    80
    An innovative and pretty irresistible record. [Oct 2015, p.101]
  2. Uncut
    Sep 1, 2015
    80
    [A] charming debut. [Oct 2015, p.71]
  3. Sep 18, 2015
    80
    Eclectic almost to an extreme, Baio combines reckless abandon with infectious introspection to create something entirely, captivatingly new.
  4. Sep 1, 2015
    75
    Although The Names clocks in with just 9 tracks, the depth of theme, variety and overall production values give enough weight to the notion that Baio has bridged the gap from recreational hobby to serious solo artist.
  5. Sep 17, 2015
    70
    BAIO’s always had strange and smarts to offer in his world-class quartet; The Names finally gives us a first-person view.
  6. Nov 3, 2015
    66
    Baio's tunes are short and snappy, and at around 40 minutes long, The Names takes less time than reading most chapters of a DeLillo book.
  7. Under The Radar
    Sep 1, 2015
    55
    Baio's debut relies on genre differences to stand out instead of solid songwriting itself, unfortunately letting his solo time predominantly go to waste. [Aug-Sep 2015, p.60]
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