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Songs For The General Public

The Lemon Twigs

Songs For The General Public

Third studio album of psychedelic pop from the Long Island, New York brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
4AD
UK Release date
21/08/2020
US Release date
21/08/2020
  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A landmark album, unlike any other, that draws from the past, churns it up, modernises it and chucks it into our present with sonic-like energy through sheer effervescing talent
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  2. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Utterly thrilling. Print edition only

  3. 8.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    In times when the slightest hope for the future seems to be a rare commodity, Songs For The General Public plays a decent-sized part in a much-needed reminder of why we shouldn’t give up on humanity just yet
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  4. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    For those so inclined, Songs for the General Public is a giddy musical roller coaster ride through the poppier aspects of the 70s with more twists and turns perhaps than are necessary. Hang on tight and enjoy the trip
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  5. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    The 12-song album is a metaphoric, eclectic house of mirrors, inside of which every song reminds of a different prominent musical act as if the listener is seeing themselves in some distorted reflection
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  6. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    A sleek and shiny blast and one that should be the perfect soundtrack to these dog days of summer
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The Lemon Twigs' influences and tastes run deep, and Songs for the General Public shows that they can wrap all these ideas into a beautiful, oddly consistent package
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Astonishes and delights. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Q

    What stops it from feeling like an exercise in arch, vintage chic fancy dress is the warmth of their tunes and the lively untidiness if the execution. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    A shining example of how the musical old school can combine with modern sensibilities
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  11. 8.0 |   Clash

    As curiously understated finale ‘Ashamed’ rolls to a close, it’s clear that sometimes you simply have to sit back and enjoy the ride
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  12. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    While not groundbreaking, it's a revitalizing rock record that is bound to rekindle the excitement of taking a chance on a (relatively) new band
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  13. 7.0 |   All Music

    Each song recalls the essence of a specific segment of '70s pop excellence, with just enough bizarre twists thrown in to keep things interesting
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  14. 7.0 |   DIY

    A paean to the past, full of lovelorn warmth, Zombies-on-a-road-trip harmonies and ridiculous piano jams
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  15. 6.9 |   Pitchfork

    Classic-rock magpies, brothers Michael and Brian D’Addario construct a fabulously campy pastiche from the spangled castoffs of the 1970s
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  16. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Songs For The General Public continues their outlandish journey by walking the fine line between superb musicianship (their hero Todd Rundgren guested on their last release) and being pastiche pranksters who take what they do very seriously
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  17. 6.0 |   NME

    The D'Addario brothers may be indifferent to their early theatrical successes, but album three is pure musical theatre – for good and ill
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  18. 6.0 |   music OMH

    If shiny, overstated hooks and operatic melodies are your thing, stick on the Twigs’ latest LP right away and you’ll have a ruddy glorious time. But for many, Songs For The General Public will be an overwhelming, even frustrating listen
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  19. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    While there’s moments of excellence overall, the majority of Songs for the General Public feels like a self-aggrandizing duo getting high on their own supply
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  20. 5.0 |   God Is In The TV

    If the first LP was a circus, and the second a poor man’s Tommy, then Songs for the General Public is a pedestrian walk through nineteen seventies glam rock, with the occasional lunatic jumping out in front of you
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