Pretty Years is joyous, revelatory, and the moment where the varied sounds of those past three records all come together.
Pretty Years is a document of Cymbals Eat Guitars’ most accessible music, D’Agostino’s richest vocal performances, and his ever-deepening lyrical acuity. It’s the best release yet from one of America’s most promising bands.
This record's varied influences are held together by the mastery of both D'Agostino's songwriting and Congleton's production. It's unpredictable but immensely rewarding.
While his vocals may remain an acquired taste ... his lyrics here, in conjunction with the band’s more nuanced sound and adventurous production, make Pretty Years their most complete record.
They've glacially been building to this, one of the most inventive, adventurous, and best rock records of 2016.
Every Cymbals Eat Guitars album has been dense, but none have covered as much ground as effectively as Pretty Years.
In Pretty Years, the perennial late 90’s sounding rockers are stepping somewhat outside the box by introducing elements of heartland Americana and synth rock without turning away from their layered, guitar-heavy parts.
It takes advantage of a broader palette as Cymbals Eat Guitars continue to dip into more styles without losing their warped, crunchy center.
|# 23 -||BLARE|
|# 7 -||For The Win|
|# 24 -||Gaffa (Norway)|
|# 48 -||No Ripcord|
|# 42 -||PopMatters|
|# 29 -||SPIN|
|# 55 -||Under the Radar|