Monday, May 20, 2013

New Music Review: Mikal Cronin-MCII

 Mikal Cronin-MCII
Average Score: 81
 [Merge]
Available At: Amazon MP3 & CD

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91 The A.V. Club
When artists soften with time, their music often loses some of its appeal; rarely does a songwriter nail his voice as successfully as Cronin has here.
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90 Consequence Of Sound
Already so many people have been championing 2013 as the strongest year for music in recent memory, and they’re not wrong, but here’s an album that has the punch and wit to stick around with the best.
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84 Pitchfork
He's an excellent pop craftsman who knows how to turn the power up for maximum effect.
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82 Paste
Far from formulaic, Cronin’s sophomore release, MCII, is a nuanced collage of quintessentially “California” pop songs--or, at the very least, how the rest of the country perceives such songs to look and feel.
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80 No Ripcord
MCII sounds much more concise and meticulously assembled than any of Segall's efforts.
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80 Slant Magazine
This is an album that exudes playfulness, treating genre as something that's malleable and isn't afraid to poke open wounds if it means creating a piece of art that connects emotionally.
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80 Tiny Mix Tapes
Part of how Cronin succeeds in making the listener feel good are his failures: the outsized ambition and the pushing of his practical capacities remind the listener than they’re being spoken to by an everyman.
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70 AllMusic
Cronin's second album is a step forward from his debut and shows off a guy with enough talent to step out from behind Segall's shadow and make it on his own.
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70 Under The Radar
If Mikal Cronin had a lot going on in his life (exiting college, a relationship, and life in L.A.) around the release of his 2011 debut album, MCII is the sound of someone who moved on and found solid ground.
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