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Forever Turned Around


Forever Turned Around

Second album from former Smith Westerns members guitarist Max Kakacek and singer/drummer Julien Ehrlich

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  1. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Whitney accomplish a grandeur all their own on Forever…, finding themselves, right now, exactly where they should be
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  2. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    Sepia-tinged moods dominate the Chicago duo's sophomore album
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    It's bittersweet at times, but with the emphasis now firmly on the sweet. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    Sometimes no big surprises is a welcome result
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  5. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Whitney’s increasingly sophisticated mix of sentiment and objective detachment shows that they embrace their life changes as much as lament them. It’s a healthy, mature attitude, especially for musicians of their skill and tenure
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  6. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It’s the sound of a band supremely confident in their musicianship
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  7. 8.0 |   The Music

    The album stands out as a perfect combination of folk, indie and jazz
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  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    All of the beats are familiar, perhaps to a fault, from the instrumental at the midpoint to the shyly epic closer, but Forever Turned Around represents nuanced progress from an admirably subtle band
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  9. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    While with not the same immediacy and hit rate as their first album, Whitney give us ten more reminders that there aren’t many people in their corner of the music industry who can nail the balance between influence and innovation quite like they do
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  10. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    The Chicago band’s second album dials back their beaming, golden-hour soft rock to a gentle lull
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  11. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Forever Turned Around is striking in its warmth
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  12. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A beautiful collection of songs about love, loss, and struggling to leave the past behind
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  13. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    None of it’s new, but it’s proof that a lot can still be done with a beery-eyed keyboard and a six-string strum
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  14. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Though relying on their well-worn instrumental strengths and lacking Light Upon the Lake's compositional variance, Forever Turned Around sharpens Whitney's songwriting for another intimate collection of heartfelt tunes
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  15. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Fails to pack the punch Light Upon the Lake did so effortlessly
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  16. 6.0 |   DIY

    We’re not asking Whitney to soundtrack a raging rebellion, we just want them to make us feel things
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  17. 6.0 |   Crack

    The breezy songs conjure up the kind of images which suggest band members Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek have spent the three years since 2016’s debut Light Upon the Lake enjoying life on a ranch, drinking bourbon as the sun sets behind the trees
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  18. 4.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Whether it’s from a first perspective or trying to support an equally discombobulated friend, lead singer Julien Ehrlich’s lyrics about soul-destroying intoxication and general bewilderment with the world are rather vague and too clichéd to really have a memorable impact
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