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  • Summary: The second full-length release from the solo project of singer-songwriter Jesse Lortz was produced by Greg Ashley and features a guest appearance by Marissa Nadler.
  • Record Label: Sacred Bones
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 13, 2013
    The songs on This Is Another Life are so well written, so finely paced, and so relatable in the sentiments and predicaments they weave together, there’s little justification in chiding the album for not making it patently clear that art alone doesn’t redeem misfortune and anguish.
  2. 80
    Beyond all the heartbreak, Lortz has penned a beautiful record of someone taking those first few difficult steps.
  3. The music on This Is Another Life isn’t the kind that boasts colour, or even deep and dark hues, but rather is full of big strokes of dull greys.
  4. Jun 13, 2013
    The execution of This Is Another Life may be its best feature, but “Villain” shows Lortz is at his best when he assesses the damage, rather than splitting it sideways.
  5. Jul 31, 2013
    The spread, encompassing piano and mellotron, is pretty; the songs rather maudlin. [Sep 2013, p.85]
  6. Jun 13, 2013
    The darkness is where Lortz repeatedly returns, and when he does, the album swoons into a near-stasis.
  7. Jun 13, 2013
    An overly mellow, maudlin, and melancholy outing that takes a well-played vibe and rides it until a 44-minute album seems overlong. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.97]