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  • Summary: The first new full-length studio release in five years for the New Jersey rock band led by Chris Conley was produced with Arun Bali.
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  1. Nov 14, 2018
    70
    Conley's diaristic accounts are clumsily direct at times, but in doing so, we also gain insight into his spiritual awakening.
  2. Kerrang!
    Nov 14, 2018
    60
    The resulting tracks are notably more upbeat than you might expect from a band so normally noted for their sad-lad overtones. [10 Nov 2018, p.55]
  3. Nov 14, 2018
    35
    Despite the attempts to recreate the dense power chords and pained whines that made Saves the Day emo poster boys, the formula fails when applied through Conley’s rose-colored vision of his own glory days.
  4. Nov 14, 2018
    30
    Conley's lyrics and vocals are the boldest missteps on 9. Contained in what sounds like a grown adult emulating the vocal tonality of an angsty teen, are even stranger lyrical approaches.
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