8/10 Brian Staff review, 15 February 2012
Well I likes the single and all its post Mercury Rev/Arcade Fire-isms....here's the litmus test. After dulling me out a bit at work I now bring the album home and I'm pleased to report they've not actually front loaded the bloody thing with their best song. After 'Higher Palms' comes 'Jesus Christ, a smoking velvety burr of an ambler that sounds like it could be a plodding folk-up of S3 but is actually a really affecting soul-stirrer. 'Odvip' is almost like Hot Snakes' Rick Froberg fronting a hazy Jeff Buckley revue. It's amazing how music comes to life at one AM in your own space rather than being bulldozed into a hasty opinion by the gaffer's frenetic work schedule, trying to think word-thoughts all harried-out at three in the afternoon. It's not all totally my bag this album, the pace is sleepy, the vibe is hazy and dusty and the lyrics can occasionally err on the hackneyed and clichéd but the music is warm, involving and steady with real heart plus the songs carry a sweet amiable nature that leave you kinda wanting them curled up by your feet.
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