Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Music Review: Local Natives-Hummingbird

 Local Natives-Hummingbird
Average Score: 79
 [French Kiss/Infectious]
Available At: emusic, Amazon MP3 & CD

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93 Paste
From the first sung note of Hummingbird, Local Natives are frank in their presentation of a serious album, challenging listeners to heal along with them; cognizant that investment is proportional to remuneration.
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90 Consequence Of Sound
Hummingbird proves that these guys are maturing into a sound that’s both singular and wrenching with severity.
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85 Beats Per Minute
With patience, Hummingbird‘s panorama comes into full view, and it is one full of arrestingly arranged set pieces and an impressive sense of economy.
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81 Pitchfork
With Hummingbird, Local Natives have made a thoughtful, lovely album with small gestures that provide great rewards. 
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80 Pop Matters
Local Natives, locked in swirling boxstep with these evolving definitions of happiness and self, darkness and light, past and future, manage to pen a record that is neither weepy nor cold, neither gullible nor world-weary.
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80 Under The Radar
They may be shifting the weight of the world onto their collective shoulders, but it hasn't dampened their energy a bit. Maybe growing up isn't so hard to do after all.
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70 No Ripcord
The stately elegance of Hummingbird emphasizes how Local Natives are fit for the role of indie rock saviors. And considering the lack thereof in terms of essence, they’re by far the most adept at writing a song that could actually transcend its literal meaning.
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70 Slant Magazine
Local Natives' effort here is workmanlike, resulting in an incredibly sober, blue-collar indie pop that sacrifices flash and gloss for substance and meaning.
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70 AllMusic
There is just a hint of a break-up or unrequited love threaded through the lyrics on Hummingbird that rubs against some of the sweeter melodies here and gives the album a shadowy vibe.
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67 The A.V. Club
Hummingbird is an album of hidden rewards, a record to pick and choose tracks from in order to purvey a single feeling or contribute to the perfect mixtape. What it’s not, though, is a cohesive, compelling whole.
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