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  • Summary: The first full-length release in six years for the rock band was recorded in Texas and was self-produced.
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  1. Uncut
    Sep 11, 2020
    Another generous serving of sparklingly cinematic guitar rock, largely inspired by (and dedicated to) band confidant, producer and musician Richard Swift, who died in 2018. But this is no sombre remembrance, rather a full-throttle celebration of the unifying power of music. [Oct 2020, p.29]
  2. Sep 11, 2020
    The album has a Side A and Side B feel to it with the first half comprised of layered, dense tunes as is mixer Blake’s penchant. Side B (if you will) lightens the sonics a bit, giving the band more room to breathe and, for these ears, an easier listening experience.
  3. 60
    While there are dreary aspects to much of What Is There, the general vibe, and slick, meaty production, is one of a moderately hopeful future.
  4. Sep 18, 2020
    Nowhere near their best effort, What Is There still manages to retain enough of the widescreen essence of its predecessors to transcend its fixation on sonic baubles.
  5. Sep 11, 2020
    The production was handled internally by the band. Listening to all of the unnecessary indulgences, it's tempting to imagine how much better this would sound if an outsider had stripped them back to the sparse production of their earlier records, especially now that they're time-tested players and writers.