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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter from Texas features a guest appearance from Okay Kaya.
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  1. Mojo
    Feb 18, 2021
    80
    Wholly drums-free, it takes time to reveal its charms. [Mar 2021, p.85]
  2. Feb 18, 2021
    80
    Though often an album of departures, ‘Try Harder’ works to find new ground to walk upon.
  3. Uncut
    Feb 18, 2021
    80
    The result is a quietly moving hymn to home and humanity. [Mar 2021, p.29]
  4. Feb 18, 2021
    66
    Aerial East is a talented songwriter with a signature voice, and Try Harder certainly includes its stellar moments. However, the project as a whole would have benefited from more melodic, tonal, and atmospheric variation, issues which could in part have been addressed via a greater use of recording options and a more hands-on production approach.