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Shortly After Takeoff

BC Camplight

Shortly After Takeoff

Fifth album from the New Jersey-born singer-songwriter Brian Christinzio is the third and final in his Manchester Trilogy

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Brian Christinzio distills beauty from pain and allows melodies and hooks to hang around on this triumphant album
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    Written from the heart and dredged from pop music's boneyard, Shortly After Takeoff feels like the album Christinzio has been working toward his whole career
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  3. 9.0 |   music OMH

    The last few years have been tumultuous for Brian Christinzio to say the least, but Shortly After Takeoff is a perfect distillation of pain, humour, depression, and plain old human existence
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  4. 9.0 |   Uncut

    A heroic, controlled crash landing. Print edition only

  5. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s a spellbinding and utterly wonderful thing
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    Paranoid, doomy synths temper the classicism of Christinzio's luxuriant Harry Nilsson songwriting. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    At times it's all too much, but Christinzio knows how to burn without crashing. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Above all, Shortly After Takeoff sounds better than any other BC Camplight record. As he moves through quiet balladry to soaring gameshow synth-pop and crooner rock’n’roll, Christinzio’s vulnerability is always rendered by melodramatic strings and a charmingly lysergic production
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  9. 8.0 |   The FT

    Brian Christinzio’s vocals have the singsong flow of Brian Wilson
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  10. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    One of the best albums to listen to right now during lockdown. Although it’s a tad too short, its genre-shifting wildness is sure to entertain anyone experiencing boredom
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  11. 7.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    His outlook on life won’t be for everyone, but mass appeal hasn’t bothered him for a while; when faced with calamity, sometimes all you can do is laugh
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  12. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Shortly After Takeoff is BC Camplight’s most reflective and most emotionally engaging album to date
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  13. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A pre-recorded audience howls in laughter at Christinzio encountering a manifestation of his deceased father
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