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Girl

Girl Ray

Girl

Second album from the Brighton-based indie pop trio

ADM rating[?]

6.8

Label
Moshi Moshi
UK Release date
08/11/2019
US Release date
08/11/2019
  1. 8.0 |   Uncut

    All the crafty hooks, Haim-worthy vocal harmonies, sumptuous layers of synths and unabashedly prefab beats belie the poignant nature of Girl Ray's odes to post-millennial love and longing. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Q

    It's the perfect balance of serious pop and pop that doesn't take itself too seriously. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Early Grey had hints of a band with wider ambitions – the title track’s thirteen minute centre-piece, for instance – but few would have anticipated them following it up with an album quite this wide-eyed, sunny and geared towards the pop market
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    Every single song boasts a glittering chorus and light yet effective production; this is a record built on simple pop tracks that are a pleasure to dig deeper on
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  5. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Girl packs a powerful pop punch – the influences of the likes of Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Destiny’s Child, all cited by the band as sources of inspiration, clearly heard in Girl’s beats, filters and sleek production
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  6. 7.5 |   Northern Transmission

    This is the kind of music that is best played on the dance floors that spontaneously pop up in our friends’ living rooms over cheap wine and take out. It’s not about meeting somebody new, but cherishing those that we already have
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  7. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Upon realising that their own Spotify playlists consisted primarily of pop, Girl Ray took the decision to dial down the guitars from their twee indie debut, Earl Grey, and up the synths for their new release
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  8. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    There's ample evidence on Girl to suggest that Girl Ray's future direction could be a genuinely interesting and fruitful one
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  9. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    It might sometimes seem a little too light for some, but the decision to untether themselves from their previous sound means that they’ve been able to continue their exploratory approach to making music without keeping past work in mind
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  10. 6.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Despite the pitfalls of Girl, the group do show an openness to experimentation that is far more promising than if they had just released a watered-down version of Earl Grey
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  11. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Girl Ray add new dimensions to their sound, bringing bright synths and snappy beats into the mix
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  12. 6.0 |   All Music

    There are quite a few moments where they come close to a meaningful hybrid of their past and present, some that are truly wonderful. Unfortunately, there aren't enough of these, and it's just as easy to remember Girl's misfires, questionable choices and half-baked lyrics as its successes
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  13. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Girl Ray's metamorphosis is still ongoing, and that their true final form may resemble something darker and more substantial than Girl's neon reveries, diverting though they are. Print edition only

  14. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Girl Ray have moved out of a place of limitations into more kaleidoscopic musicality.
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  15. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The British trio have pivoted from jangly indie to pop, but the best bits of their second album lie in the spaces in between
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  16. 5.0 |   DIY

    Like watching strangers from across a dance floor
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