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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Minneapolis band features songs written while frontwoman Channy Leaneagh was recovering from a back injury.
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  1. Jan 29, 2020
    90
    It is a transformative synthpop journey exploring how our worst moments shape us as individuals for when we are at our best.
  2. Jan 30, 2020
    80
    ‘Feel Life’ and ‘Steady’ resolve this darkness, both euphoric and knowing - and beautiful sonically - while ‘Blood Moon’ addresses feeling disappointed in yourself, and what you need to do to push through and make things right. ‘When We Stay Alive’ is emotionally raw, elegantly presented and at many parts a real tear-jerker. Wonderful stuff.
  3. Jan 31, 2020
    80
    When We Stay Alive is an illusion of a record but, once explored, an apparently endless labyrinth unfurls.
  4. 75
    Taken all together, When We Stay Alive is the sound of an individual and a band finding a new purpose, a new way to live and create – even if it is within the confines of familiarity.
  5. Feb 3, 2020
    70
    When We Stay Alive captures every nuance of Leaneagh's journey with unflinching honesty.
  6. Uncut
    Jan 27, 2020
    60
    Revisits the kind of understated, politically slanted synth-pop that defined the Minnesota band's last two Trump-haunted albums. Nut Leaneagh also digs deeper on more hopeful, personal ruminations. [Mar 2020, p.35]
  7. Feb 4, 2020
    52
    For a record born from a second chance at life, When We Stay Alive sounds disenchanted with its own message.

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