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Feb 14, 2020
86
Garage pop-punk outfit puts together a fantastic collection of smile-along confections that are more intelligent and interesting than expected.

Beach Bunny as a unit have a terrific sense of how to put together a song. It’s simple, poppy garage punk, but it’s done about as well as it can be. Everyone has a keen sense of tempo, crescendo, timing, and hooks, and of how to put them together in the catchiest way possible. Lili Trifilio’s voice has the timbre, honesty, and ... read more
Feb 11, 2020
87
Gabriel displays his gift for gorgeous refrains and uplifting compositions in a slightly uneven but terrific pop-friendly, prog-rock-tinged album that has stood the test of time.

In So, Gabriel shows his Brian Wilson-like sense for delicately constructing compositions in which every layer and small accent ties together to form an ambient whole. His penchant for really gorgeous refrains is on full display here – see “Red Rain” and “Don’t Give Up” in ... read more
Feb 11, 2020
80
Wise-beyond-his-years singer-songwriter WIlliam Prince exudes the serenity and comfort of a crackling fireplace in his quietly terrific country-folk sophomore album.

Prince is a gentle giant, with a voice that is at once strong and quiet, and Reliever is a collection of variations on the theme of ports in the storm. He provides a welcoming inning of relief pitcher for a weary arm and reminds us to love ourselves; he promises that “he’d never let you burn,” and in the midst ... read more
Jan 31, 2020
60
Hop Along vocalist takes her distinctive voice and songwriting to arty pop with underwhelming results.

As central as Frances Quinlan’s voice is to Hop Along’s distinctive indie rock sound, it turns out that the band is just as necessary to her sound. Likewise plays as if it’s missing something – because it is. Quinlan’s voice is as curiously emotive and compelling as ever, as are her lyrics, which carry a tremendous amount of abstract meaning. Something is lost ... read more
Jan 31, 2020
85
Nashville instrumentalists create an exhilarating, cinematic experience that goes well beyond bluegrass.

Hawktail are a Nashville supergroup of sorts, the members boasting resume material that includes The Punch Brothers, David Rawlings, and Steve Martin. As singular a career as each has enjoyed, however, collectively they sound entirely cohesive. From beginning to end Formations sounds like the product of a single consciousness, and while each member is a standout, every note is in service ... read more
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