The Good Soldier

Postcards - The Good Soldier
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Based on 93 ratings
2020 Ratings: #237
January 3, 2020 / Release Date
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T3 / Label
Dream Pop / Genres
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The sophomore release from Postcards is beautifully stunning and ethereal dream-pop that exceptionally combines soothing, seductive vocals with rough, fuzzy guitar riffs. Let's just say that I did NOT expect this record to be as good as it was. Judging by the cover, this thing looks like it was going to be nothing but boring folk or pop; something that most teenage girls would find appealing today. Instead, I was met by a loud fuzz guitar right off the bat, then followed by some really nice, ... read more
Most of this project was simply boring to me, and considering I have the lowest score here, I bet that everyone disagrees with me. However, I did like some of this project sonically, and can admit if something is just not my thing...but...even at 36 minutes some of this felt like it dragged on. Perhaps this might get a relisten at a later time.
the good soldier has its dynamic, beautiful moments on tracks like "dead end" and "lights out," but i think a lot of it is too boring to be a decent listen, especially after the power of the first track. the band seems to be doing their best beach house impression at some points on the album, but they don't really have the same level of depth and dreaminess needed.
The Good Soldier is a average content to start the new year but at least isn't a disapointing one. The biggesst mistake here was begin the record with a powerful song then didn't keep the same level in the whole record creating a total lukewarm situation while the expectations were high.
Overall this was a solid album, and a lot of the tracks were really quite beautiful. I especially liked the first few, which I found really hit the right balance between the nice vocals and the fuzzed out guitars. It did start to get a bit samey in the middle, and a lot of the tracks did start to sound similar on the second listen, but there's enough good music here that I definitely still found the album enjoyable. Be sure to give it a shot if you're a fan of dream-poppy vocals or some nice ... read more
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Added on: January 3, 2020