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White Denim

2011

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Album Summary

D is the fourth full-length studio album by the Texan band White Denim, released by Downtown Records on May 24, 2011 to wide critical acclaim. Upon its release, D received critical acclaim from music critics. Aggregating website AnyDecentMusic? reports a score of 7.7 based on 22 professional reviews. AllMusic calls this "laboriously constructed" album "a masterpiece". The new production value (and occasional flute solo or dreamy string arrangement) did "nothing to water down the band's muscular interplay," according to Jason Lymangrover. A reviewer calls bassist Steve Terebecki and drummer Josh Block "one of the most badass rhythm sections this side of Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding", and praises guitarists Jenkins and James Petralli for playing off one another perfectly, "intertwining jazzy guitar noodling, prog scales, and rock riffs." "Everything is tightly structured, and melodies are of the highest importance, especially in the album's explosive single 'Drug,' which blends a raw groove and Southern Americana slack along with Summer of Love lyrics," the critic writes. According to Rolling Stone, White Denim are "...like a jam band that refuses to be boring", mixing sublimely "psychedelia, hardblues, boogie, prog rock and fusion riffs like inspired kids weaned on 64GB iPods and 64-ounce Slurpees" in a way that "often recalls late-Sixties Grateful Dead, when their songs still had garage-rock drive but were exploding every which way." "The freakouts are mathematically calibrated, come with joyous hooks, and can coalesce into something conventionally heroic," notes Uncut magazine. The album has been described as "White Denim's most thrillingly off-kilter record to date" and "another joyous rampage through rock's dusty attic" by Mojo and Q critics, respectively. Uncut placed the album at number 4 on its list of "Top 50 albums of 2011", while Mojo, NME, and Rolling Stone ranked it 6, 37, and 46, respectively. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Sun Apr 30 2023
5

I think I’ve found another gem of an artist. This album was pretty good and I kept listening to their music after the album ended and this shit is my jam. It’s like blues and rock and a little psychedelic and there’s a lot going on but doesn’t get irritating. I’d probably put it at a high 4 but I want it on my summary just so I remember this band from time to time. Is and is and is is by far my fav but street joy is pretty good too.

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Sun May 07 2023
5

Give it up for White Denim! IYKYK Great album

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Mon Apr 10 2023
4

This album is a psychedelic inspired quasi jam band style record. I say quasi jam band because everything on this album is very intentionally placed. Elements of hard blues, 2000s mainstream rock, Latin rock, and many other genres can be heard throughout giving this album a sense of wandering though it is under 40 minutes. The breadth and cohesion of this album is impressive but it does seem to lack a bit of depth. While the album very skillfully weaves its way through rock history, it doesn’t push anything forward.

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Mon Apr 24 2023
5

I really liked this album. I was surprised how much actually because I think I had incorrectly prejudged White Denim in the past, assuming they were more of a hipster type band based on their name. The music is dynamic and interesting, they actually remind me a lot of the Montreal band Plants and Animals. Also, had hints of Radiohead at times but also some folk/country-ish vibes to it. Solid album and will definitely look into more of their catalog. Standout Tracks: It's Him!, Back at the Farm, Street Joy, Anvil Everything, River to Consider, Keys

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Fri Apr 28 2023
5

A 37-minute journey into some American indie garage rock psychedelia. Was folky at some points and quite tropical at others. A nice varied album that was just a lot of fun throughout. I'd never heard of this band before now but I must say I'm certainly a fan. Favourite: River to Consider

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Wed May 03 2023
5

Boom Never heard of these guys before but this is right up my street Constantly surprising but filled with hooks Loved it

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Mon May 08 2023
5

I SUPER enjoyed this album! Great songwriting, great music, great variety, great vibes! I liked the psych-rock feel of some of the tracks and there wasn't a single miss in any of the songs. This will definitely be an album I will be returning to!

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Sat May 13 2023
5

A complete new discography that absolutely blew me away. Struggling to compare this with… anything else? Had to listen twice in a row and will be going back again.

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Tue Apr 11 2023
3

I'm always gonna love this garage psych sound, but something about it didn't strike me as particularly special. It was carried by a great vibe, but the songs and ideas underneath didn't cut the mustard compared to artists similar to the style.

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Fri Jul 07 2023
2

When I read the intro on the front page and saw "occasional flute solo" I knew this wouldn't be for me. I felt this was really just a jam band, just throwing a bunch of music together. Wasn't terrible, except the flute parts, but nothing I was consider exceptional either. I did like Is and Is and Is, but nothing else grabbed my attention, but the gogdamn flute parts. And I would have never guessed this was from 2011. Ok background music, but not something I would seek out. 2

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Tue Jun 27 2023
1

-Didn’t write a BL- AL: this album was just so… boring. It kind of felt like a nothingness. It was so comically ok that I feel nothing but disdain for it. Maybe it just didn’t hit right, maybe it wasn’t the right time. But god I couldn’t distinguish anything about this. FT: didn’t have one 1/5

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Sat Apr 15 2023
5

Holy shit what a great album, I listened to this four times in a row!

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Wed May 17 2023
5

Retro, but really great. Would listen again

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Fri May 26 2023
5

A deeply offensive record that basically promotes the use of retarded children as catwalk models. It's not good for their self esteem and makes me feel physically sick. Models should be rake thin, gaunt and lacking in nutrients, not hot disabled teens drooling into their wheelchairs. For Christ's sake, sort it out.

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Fri May 26 2023
5

Never heard of this band but loved this album. Great combination of so many different genres coupled with great guitar, bass, drums, and flute(!). The rhythm section, especially the drums are a huge standout to me. Really struggled to pick one for the playlist because I liked it all so much!

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Thu Jun 08 2023
5

Truly wonderful album. I try and save the 5stats but this is deserving. No skips, all iterating concepts and a revelation of indietween

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Tue Jul 25 2023
5

I really enjoyed this one. Is and is and is was probably my favorite song.

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Thu Aug 03 2023
5

Actually liked this one more than I thought I would

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Thu Aug 10 2023
5

What a great fun album. It's Him grabs you from the very beginning. Back at the Farm is my absolute favourite. Street Joy seems to be popular and I can see why. Looking forward to hearing this again.

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Thu Aug 24 2023
5

Very unique album with lots of character and fun songs. Indie with strong guitar and interesting instrument solos

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Wed Sep 27 2023
5

I’d never heard of White Denim before, but they sound exactly how I’d imagine an Austin-based indie band to sound, so I’m not disappointed. They remind me of the Black Keys from the get go in the opening track, and their psychedelic blues continue to dominate for the rest of the album. That isn’t to say that the album is stylistically straightforward, though. “Street Joy” gives us an introspective pop fit for the mid-2010s, while “River to Consider” clearly draws influence from far beyond the Texas Hill Country. “Bess St” sounds more like Dan Auerbach on vocals than any other song on the record, and just as the Black Keys have maintained a relatively steady style and demeanor over the past 20 years, it feels like this album could have been released any time since the turn of the century. Some further investigation after finishing the album led to their cover of “Just Dropped In,” originally by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. They do an immaculate job, making enough adjustments to make the performance their own but keeping the melody true enough to the original to pay respect to the original. They apparently covered the Big Lebowski soundtrack classic for the TV version of Fargo. If these guys can make the Austin music scene proud with their psychedelic blues and fanboy for the Coen Brothers too, I have to give them five stars. The groove abides.

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Wed Sep 27 2023
5

Never heard of this band or album but I really loved it. Like if the Dead were good at math and composition and also from 21st century Texas

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Fri Oct 06 2023
5

Can’t believe I had never heard of this. I listened to a ton of indie/alternative radio in 2011-14 and never heard is this group. Truly a failing of the machine. I have also hated any psychedelic album that’s come up but this is an easy 5er for me.

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Wed Oct 18 2023
5

Hoe goed zijn die drummer en bassist!! Maar ook de rest van de band mag er wezen. Heel genietbaar album, en weer een absolute verrassing!

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

This blew my expectations out of the water. Wonderful jamming, easy to listen to yet interesting. It’s noodling that’s actually good! Bravo. This slaps.

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Wed Nov 22 2023
5

Des fois on met un 5 car la surprise est trop grande par rapport à l'attente. J'ai vraiment aimé l'album. Genre de psychédélique, rock, il y a un peu de tout et c,est bien fait. Vraiment une decouverte !

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Wed Dec 06 2023
5

I liked this way more than I expected from the album artwork. I could’ve done without the flute, but otherwise this was right up my alley. I think I have a new favorite band. Favorite track: Is and Is and Is

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Fri Dec 08 2023
5

Never even heard of them before but this is some quality rock and roll. Thanks generator!

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Fri Dec 15 2023
5

You know what to expect from an Austin country-psych-jam outfit. This is simply a perfectly-wrapped package of it. The production does heavy lifting: The sound is full without ever feeling heavy. Lyrics allusive enough to skate by; The sound's the main attraction, which is to say all playing's killer, never mathy.

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Fri Jan 05 2024
5

Did not let you off the rollercoaster once. Frenzied but controlled. Played with tempo and dynamics incredibly well.

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Sat Jan 20 2024
5

can’t believe this album wasn’t made in the 70s - 10/10

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Sun Jan 28 2024
5

incredible all the way through. hints of king gizzard, fun., the monkees - but still pretty distinct. never heard of them before this but already listening to another album of theirs

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Wed Apr 12 2023
4

Best: Anvil Everything Worst: Bess St.

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Thu Apr 13 2023
4

PREFS : It's Him!, At the Farm, Anvil Everything, River to Consider, Drug, Bess St., Is and Is and Is MOINS PREF : Street Joy

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Fri Apr 14 2023
4

This was a good indie rock album. Felt tropical/psychedelic at times and folk-y at times. Experimental enough without going overboard. Standouts are "Street Joy" "It's Him!" and "Drug" which exemplifies the band's instrumental talent.

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Sat Apr 15 2023
4

These guys were pretty popular in Austin and Texas for a while. As boring as it sounds, the rhythm section is so hypnotic: bass guitar and drums really set the music apart without distracting from the dreamy guitar and vocals. Surprisingly enjoyed this a lot.

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Sun Apr 16 2023
4

A rich and spicy blend, with some notes of prog and considerable jam band feels.

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Mon Apr 17 2023
4

Dit album had ik echt totaal niet verwacht in deze lijst! Altijd gedacht dat het een totaal obscure band was, die toevallig eens op mijn pad was gekomen. Desalniettemin: een heerlijk kort en puntig plaatje!

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Wed Apr 19 2023
4

Got a bit of everything. Every dynamic accounted for.

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Tue Apr 25 2023
4

4.5/5. So fun to listen to while high.

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Wed Apr 26 2023
4

I was very pleased with this one, Good songs: Street Joy

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Thu Apr 27 2023
4

The best description I've seen for this band is "a jam band that refuse to be boring." Really fun record. Best track: Back at the Farm

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Thu Apr 27 2023
4

I have never heard of White Denim before and all of the music on D was new to me. I liked all of the tracks on this album. I'm not sure how to even classify this album. I heard some tracks that were leaning towards country (if only slightly) and others that seemed to point towards Progressive Rock (e.g., "Bess St."). It was easy to settle in and listen to the whole album, which was assisted by the way in which some tracks feed right in to the track that follows. "At the Farm was the track that I rated highest. I could easily listen to this album again.

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Sat May 06 2023
4

It's so satisfying to press play on a completely unfamiliar album and have zero expectations, only to be genuinely impressed by the music. If only more late '00s and early '10s indie albums were like this. D still has the trademarks of the indie music of its era, but it sounds infinitely more interesting thanks to its variety and character. You can bet that I'll be returning to this record sometime, especially to the songs that have words. Really cool stuff! Standouts are Back at the Farm, Street Joy, Bess St., and Is and Is and Is.

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Mon May 08 2023
4

This was a very cool surprise! Great concept of revitalizing the late 60s rock sound, short and to the point.

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Mon May 08 2023
4

I was shocked to learn this was a 2011 album. I thought this was straight out of the psychedelic rock era. Great songs and under 40 minutes makes for a great album.

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Mon May 08 2023
4

Pretty good. Pretty, pretty good.

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Sat May 13 2023
4

Cat: I’ll definitely be listening to this one through again! Love it! So creative and fun and great sound. Big fan of changing time signatures and prog synth. Radiohead meets Yes. AJ: I don’t know what kind of attention these kids have gotten but they deserve more of it. They’re getting more of mine I CAN TELL YOU THAT MUCH. What a good rock band. Weird one too. Need a t-shirt.

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Tue May 16 2023
4

from dad rock to chill indie to jam band to folksy bluesy. a real box of chocolates of an album

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Tue May 16 2023
4

Surprising good. Never heard of them. I like their progressive rock elements.

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Tue May 16 2023
4

4/5. A rocking psychedelic country trip. The guitar work is fantastic and the rhythm section goes hard. Groovy and jazzy at times, this is a good musical experience front to back. The last two songs don’t hit as hard which keeps it from a 5 but a high 4 for sure.

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Fri May 19 2023
4

Very cool start to a nice album, 4/5

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Thu May 25 2023
4

Really liked this. I'd heard White Denim before but never did a deep dive on them. The voice is soothing, and there's some really killer guitar riffs and solos here.

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Fri May 26 2023
4

White denim? Check their hard drives.

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Fri May 26 2023
4

my great white hope, now nothing but memories and what could have been. the Ravel Morrison of alt rock bands. back in the downloading of music days i used to have a load of pre album recordings of white denim and they were terrifyingly good. a distorted, raucous, fast, exciting and messy 3 piece led by drums and bass powering along making pretty technical and difficult playing unnoticeable as it sounded so right. they never bottled that madness on an album and they've got progressively less interesting. still technically gifted but that appears to be the point of them now, a demonstration on technical playing, no discernable 'sound' and no hooklines or songs to remember. basically they've become a university music student band where the ability is through the roof but everything is by the book. despite all my crying and the fixed memory that this album was disappointing, the passing of time and the fading of my initial mourning has shown me that this album is actually pretty good. so what do i know about music? absolutely nothing.

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Wed May 31 2023
4

ZU KURZ! Erinnert bisschen an die Veckatimest von Grizzly Bear. Welch‘ Perle nach einer langen Durststrecke.

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Thu Jun 01 2023
4

Some pretty good music here that I liked pretty well. It did feel jam-bandy but fortunately these recordings didn't go on and on too long. Entertaining!

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Thu Jun 01 2023
4

Wow. There is an awful lot happening here and some of it is fantastic! Layers of rhythms and styles. Just so much going on. Sometimes it feels completely comfortable and sometimes nicely unexpected. I don't have time for multiple listens today but I know I like it and want some more time with this one.

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Thu Jun 01 2023
4

This is a totally new one for me. It was quite listenable and reminded of the sound of some other band/artist, but I couldn't put my finger on it. I wouldn't mind listening again, although I kind of doubt that I will every think to do so.

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Thu Jun 01 2023
4

After a few powerhouse albums, this one slipped a bit into the background, sounding a bit like the late morning show on public radio. However, a second listen got me to really appreciate their somewhat retro but always interesting sound. I liked this a lot.

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Sat Jun 03 2023
4

This is actually a right amount of weirdness for a normal rock for me! Very interesting instrumentation, some great bass lines and crazy melodies, with a lot of instrumental parts. It's actually for the better, because in general I wasn't a big fan of the vocal, maybe that's why it was so sporadic on the album. Very fun record, happy to look into their discography now!

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Tue Jun 06 2023
4

Hard album to rate, largely instrumental jam-albums need multiple listens imo. This is a jam album with a mix of Jethro Tull, King Gizzard and Funk. Really enjoyed it but feel i need more time with it to see if it holds up during multiple listenens.

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Tue Jun 06 2023
4

Groovy and peppy. Vocals remind me of the Black Keys (heh) a little bit!

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Sat Jun 17 2023
4

A band I discovered via this very album. It took a while to really appreciate the brilliance of this record, and it wasn't until I caught them live that it truly clicked. For people new to them, Back at the Farm, is for me, the best example of the power of this band, the musicianship is incredible and when they lock into the jam in the second half of this track you get whisked away in a psychedelic whirlwind. There is a lot going on with the arrangements, and initially I found it to be too much, is it jazz-rock is it prog, is it psychedelic, no its all of those things. The time signatures aren't standard and songs go off in directions that you don't expect. But that's what makes this a record unique, and one that should be heard.

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Mon Jun 19 2023
4

I heard of White Denim several years ago, because my sister-in-law's best friend is really into them (or maybe a guy she was dating was), but this was my first time listening to them. This album was a really great surprise. I didn't really know what to expect from this album, but the flow and pacing of the first four tracks really sucked me in. I loved that the songs were all varied in sound, but the album still felt really cohesive. There sounds were complex and layered, but they all had really great rhythm sections as well. The vocals here were really great as well; at times they reminded me of Foals. Overall, this was a really good album, and it caught me by surprise. Also, it's always nice to see another Texas band make the list.

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Tue Jun 20 2023
4

It's alright for the most part. It's kinda like music that would be made in the 70s or 80s but without the pitfalls of the time and with modern production. A light 4/5

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Wed Jun 21 2023
4

Cohesive, slick production and a huge blend of genres such as Americana, Blues, Funk and Psychedelia. This album unveils its complexities slowly and leaves you with some thrilling moments. Comparisons to Cream are valid for musical style but also musicianship. White Denim are so tight as a band and its clear they crafted this album meticulously. Though it flows really well and there are some great songs, it does at times lack a little originality in its sound which stops it getting an even higher mark.

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Fri Jun 23 2023
4

In spite of listening to tons of stuff in this realm, I've somehow escaped ever listening to White Denim. I really dig it though. Indie rock with a lot of psychedelic influences with some gorgeous production. I'd honestly say that the instrumental parts are my favorite, but the vocals aren't bad either.

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Fri Jun 23 2023
4

I dug this album. It would have definitely contrasted from most other "stuff" that was coming out at the time. While listening, I thought, "This sounds like if Simon and Garfunkel had kept making records into the 2010s." But - it's also really jam-bandy, which I dig. Not quite like Phish or Widespread Panic, but there is definitely some "we actually know what we're doing" musicianship in there. I like all the odd time signatures they threw in. It might just be because I was surprisingly impressed, but I'll give it a 4.

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Fri Jun 23 2023
4

This is complex stuff. Halfway through the third listening my brain managed to comb out the different strands of sound and meaning in this album. I can hear Jethro Tull in the music, some Thom Yorke in the vocals, and it does sound of its time too - I really enjoyed the overall effect. I think I'll listen to this a lot when I'm at work, it's quite light on lyrics and vocals and I find the driving forward sound a good tempo for writing and thinking! Surprised I hadn't heard of them before.

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Sun Jun 25 2023
4

The style is interesting: 2010s alternative but with whole segments inspired by classic prog or just 70s rock. There weren't really any tracks that stood out, though. Will probably return to this album.

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Mon Jun 26 2023
4

Une belle surprise, n'en déplaise à eltrapeze, qui a quant à lui été une très mauvaise surprise pour ses parents le jour de sa naissance.

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Thu Jun 29 2023
4

Wasn't really sure what this would be going in, pleasantly surprised. Driving beats is always good

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Tue Jul 04 2023
4

Day 2: Quite enjoyed, lots going on but was fun and funky. Not many stand out songs but lots of nice guitar sections, nice vocals, nice vibe. Solid

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Tue Jul 11 2023
4

"Hey, uhhh...give it up for White Denim! Holy moly what a bunch of... freakishly good musicians" - Kevin Parker aka Tame Impala did you guys know Tame Impala is only one guy????? Really digging this a few songs in. That was a great listen. I was busy at work but really enjoyed all of it and plan to come back.

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Tue Jul 11 2023
4

That album was great. I liked how the songs had different tempos in order to keep things fresh. The guitar part at the end of Back at the Farm, and the yazz flute in River to Consider were my highlights. I really liked the guitar and drum work in this album.

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Tue Jul 11 2023
4

First couple of songs remind me of Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Back at the Farm is a jam. I was already starting to hear shades of King Giz, then the flute came out in "River to Consider". I could see this band slowly making it into my rotation.

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Tue Jul 11 2023
4

I liked this album a good bit. Never listened to the band but definitely like the sound. I'm going to check out more of these guys music. Street Joy was my favorite song of the album

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Tue Jul 11 2023
4

I've heard of White Denim before, but have never listened. Out of the gate, sounds like we are in for some new-age psych / garage rock revival. Lo-fi production lead by fuzzy vocals and aggressive snares. The guitar leans toward the back for the most part, but carries through some light at times. Back at the Farm has that fuzzy bass jam that almost feels like the Working Man jam from Rush's self-titled album. Digging the overt jamminess. You could tell me that River to Consider was cut from a 1970s era live set of the Grateful Dead and I would fully believe you (until the vocals come in). Once again, I appreciate the jammy vibe. I will say that I have yet to hear anything I would consider "novel" on this album. It is solid, but it is more in respectable service to a history than it is charting its own territory. soft 4/5

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Wed Jul 12 2023
4

Ok this is indie rock but with a bit of talent. Has a psychedelic feel, but structured in a prog rock way. I'm half asleep and really digging it. Fits the mood perfectly. 4/5.

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Thu Jul 13 2023
4

Surprised: A modern album from a band I've never ever heard of and yk what it was quite enjoyable. Strong guitar presence which I always love with lyrics which honestly sounded really nice and pleasant. No stand out tracks I remember as per usual but I have to say I may have to give it another listen sometime soon.

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Wed Jul 19 2023
4

very good album, enjoyed it a lot! Very eclectic rock sound.

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Sun Jul 23 2023
4

Felt like a more creative Black Keys album. 7/10

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Tue Jul 25 2023
4

Surprised I hadn’t heard this one yet

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Tue Jul 25 2023
4

Nice Discovery to me. I'm hearing loads of inspiration for later KGATLW music which is a good thing.

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Tue Aug 01 2023
4

-okayyyyy this seems really cool! -the album cover is also really tight -i like burnished a lot -the voice with the guitar and the instruments……REALLY WORKS -back at the farm being only instrumental was really really cool -i liked how it fits in with the rest of the album -LOVE street joy -the whole vibe and then THAT VOICE!!!! -bess st is a very cute song -is and is and is. so magical and cute -idk guys i think this is a four star album……

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Fri Aug 04 2023
4

никогда про них не слышала, но точно надо ещё расследовать. не знаю что поставить, т. к. пока не поняла почти ничего, но поняла что это интересно. авансируем!

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Sat Aug 05 2023
4

Intricate and complex rock music. This simultaneously feels deliberate and well crafted but also like a jam in places. It is instantly enjoyable, but I'm sure there is a lot of depth, particularly to the musically literate ear (which isn't me). My preference was for the slower, more meandering tracks, such as Street Joy, which I could listen to all day. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Street Joy Date listened: 04/08/23

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