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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Montreal-based quartet was self-recorded and produced with mixing from John Congleton.
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  • Record Label: Joyful Noise
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 3, 2021
    The Witness is a consumptive listening experience, designed with precision and purpose in the same way as the immersive albums that came before it by Portishead, Talk Talk, Radiohead, and other artists willing to take their time systematically disassembling and rebuilding their music.
  2. The Wire
    Sep 3, 2021
    For their fifth album The Witness, Montreal group Suuns pick their way through new songs that on the surface sound sparse but are actually thickets of sonic invention. [Sep 2021, p.62]
  3. Sep 7, 2021
    The Witness unlocks a parallel universe for the band, and though Suuns are still sculpting monoliths to paranoia, to hear them chipping away with such steady hands is a welcome treat.
  4. 70
    Suuns makes a point of honor to make the sounds as an absolute priority, the only small thorn lies in the melodies and vocals, sometimes too shy or idealistic to sublimate the whole.
  5. Sep 9, 2021
    Suuns are a great band that just get a little too bogged down by their own lofty ambitions. As such, The Witness is a serviceable post-punk album, one that ends up as an interesting listen but with little to pull us back to it.
  6. Sep 3, 2021
    The Witness is definitely a grower, an elusive listen whose understated charms define its mystique — and also its flaws.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 8, 2021
    An Expansively claustrophobic album with more melodic soundscapes than usual, making this their best album yet.
  2. Sep 8, 2021
    This album gives me heavy psychedelic rock vibes a production mixed with distortion gives this album also a dreamy feel I enjoyed the listen.