Ljubinko Zivkovic

90

Throughout the nine tracks here, the duo doesn’t relinquish their pace nor is there a single duff moment to be heard, making Harm’s Way quite a delight, that surely is not in anybody’s (musical) harm’s way.

90

Throughout, it is obvious that Link and the band did enjoy themselves while recording this album, probably another reason it works so well.

90
Essentially, Ryder-Jones came up with a fully-realized, mature set of songs that not only bring that good health to him, but to his listeners too.
90

This most recent collaboration with Laugh Cry Laugh is not only a great companion to that album, but shows all the brilliant qualities Byrne has already exhibited – excellent songwriting, a beautiful voice, and a penchant for arrangements to match.

90
It is just the original melodies and harmonies and song structures, and it turns out that there are no faults or wrong turns or bad melody lines, just pure electro-pop genius, or more precisely, pop genius at work, with or without drums.
80

Frog seems to have gathered a new sense of inventiveness and energy, coming up with that not easily definable sound between everything that was and is cool about New Zealand’s Flying Nun Records and left-field Americana, picking up pieces from everywhere and arranging them in a manner that suited Bateman brothers’ fancy.

90

It is all good, practically perfect stuff, something that Stax Records used to put out every week in its prime.

90

Collaborating with ever-present Gabriel Birnbaum, Lee comes up with a set detailed and gently complex songs that keep on revealing all the elements involved as you go along with the album.

90
Steinbrink’s music evolves here with his excellent combination of vocals, and tasteful and subdued arrangements that make this album so enticing.
80
The seven tunes here are brimming with that ringing guitar sound and multi-layered vocals, where brushing up the arrangements and production just accentuated the fact that a good song remains a good song, no matter how much time passes by.
90

They seem to be constantly honing down their art of pushing all things truly heavy in new directions, throwing in modal song structures they seem so adept at some incredible fast-paced playing and lyric concept some graphic novel authors would die for.


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