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Jump Rope Gazers

The Beths

Jump Rope Gazers

Second album of indie pop from the Auckland, New Zealand four-piece produced by guitarist Jonathan Pearce

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  1. 10.0 |   Upset

    Marrying killer pop chops with an honesty and sincerity makes resistance to their charms futile
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  2. 9.0 |   American Songwriter

    With Jump Rope Gazers, they are bounding past their contemporaries
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  3. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s not just a worthy follow-up to their classic debut, it’s also a sign that they’re quickly becoming the best group around
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  4. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The Beths return with riotous hooks and pithy observations aplenty
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    A cathartic acceptance of doubt
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    Filled with bouncy riffs, sweet harmonies, anxiety, and kindness, Jump Rope Gazers confirms that the Beths are good at slower, more reflective songs, too, though there's plenty of spark to carry listeners through
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  7. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    There is a persuading ebb and flow to the record as the group rework their emo, pop-punk and ’90s grunge influences around a seemingly endless supply of hooks
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  8. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Pearce’s production never buries the vocals—Stokes’ or anyone else’s for that matter. In The Beths’ case, their most valuable instruments are the ones they were born with—and that shines through every step of the way
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  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    No wheels were reinvented in the making of this record, but it travels straight to the heart nevertheless. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Two years after releasing their excellent debut, the New Zealand band tackles love and distance on their follow-up
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  11. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Jump Rope Gazers is everything one would want from a second Beths album
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  12. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    While there's an overall sense of reining in and refining on Jump Rope Gazers that keeps it from reaching the giddiest heights of its predecessor, the band sounds just as good in this mode as the other, just a little different
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  13. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Jump Rope Gazers is crammed with fizzing indie-pop tunes, and not unlike Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell or Alvvays’ Molly Rankin, Stokes has an innate talent for crafting beautiful bittersweet effervescent indie guitar pop
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  14. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    The songs on Jump Rope Gazers aren’t as immediately addictive as what came before, but The Beths’ natural intuition for emotive and melodic writing is still intact, and there will undoubtedly be heaps of people who will take the time to wade through Stokes’ words and come out loving this one just as much
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  15. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    The New Zealand four-piece swim around in their feelings on second solid indie rock effort
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  16. 7.0 |   The Music

    Full of indie gems
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  17. 7.0 |   Uncut

    It's an album rooted in the constant collision of rock and pop. Print edition only

  18. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Every element of the album is so richly defined that these songs can’t help but pop
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  19. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    On their second LP, the New Zealand indie rockers downshift into a muted, sleeker sound, sacrificing some of the energy that made their debut special
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  20. 6.0 |   NME

    The New Zealand quartet follow their 2018 debut 'Future Me Hates Me' with a record that sacrifices the traits that made their first LP irresistible
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  21. 6.0 |   Clash

    It’s an album that Beths fans will doubtless like very much, and it offers a strong mission statement to the future that this is a band hungry to expand and determined to explore the hitherto untrodden ground
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