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Harmony Avenue

Jade Hairpins

Harmony Avenue

Debut album of post-punk, indie pop from Fucked Up's Jonah Falco and Mike Haliechuk

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Merge
UK Release date
29/05/2020
US Release date
29/05/2020
  1. 9.0 |   music OMH

    When Jade Hairpins are writing heartfelt tributes to Broadstairs Beach, delicate pop tunes like Dolly Dream, or songs that could well double as the theme to a 1980s sitcom (Truth Like A Mirage) it’s hard not to be swept up in the sheer glee that runs throughout the album
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  2. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Jade Hairpins' Harmony Avenue exudes the free-spirited exuberance of a side project, jam-packed with ideas and vivid tone colors, and aimed for both the melodic and harmonic sweet tooth
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  3. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Regardless of the connection with their day job, Jade Hairpins easily stands up as a project in its own right rather than a bit of fun on the side
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    The duo settle into a relaxed, mid-tempo mode that takes Orange Juice's "Rip It Up" as a guide, layering jagged guitars, vocal harmonies, and vintage keys over the rubbery rhythm section
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    It’s immensely enjoyable to hear them attempting (and indeed having fun with) genres that might arguably be deemed off-limits to their day job
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  6. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An album which sounds sort of like the soundtrack to an '80s coming-of-age film – it's scrappy but with a polished, curated sheen
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  7. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    It's as if Fucked Up went to a rave, met up with members of a pop group, got into a huge fight with them, made up, and became the best of friends, spending evenings together walking off into the sunset
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  8. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Feels like an absolute labour of love, two friends bonding over records of their formative years and writing a love letter to a very specific period of time
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  9. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It is playful and spontaneous, two things that there seems to be a shortage of at the moment. A welcome break
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  10. 6.0 |   Mojo

    It lacks the gargantuan personality and all-encompassing throaty bark of FU's leader Damian Abraham to give it a USP, but Falco, as frontman, does a decent job of stamping his own marker. Print edition only


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