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School of Seven Bells


Fourth and final album from the NY electronic indie rock group led by Alejandra Deheza, with music recorded by co-founder Benjamin Curtis before he passed away in 2013

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  1. 10.0 |   musicOMH

    If this is to be the band’s swansong, they’ve left behind something timeless and quite beautiful
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This really could be their time. It's simply stunning
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  3. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s a stunning record that is a fitting tribute, not just to Benjamin’s life but to a beautiful friendship. They will be missed
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  4. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    To pick this record apart completely would be to deny the pleasure of discovery. Suffice to say that it’s an encapsulation of everything SVIIB were, and tragically never will be
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  5. 8.5 |   The 405

    An utterly beautiful piece of work that is all about finding joy and hope in even the darkest of times
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  6. 8.5 |   Beardfood

    It’s a stunning album in its own right
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  7. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    Not only the group’s most technically accomplished work, their perfected swan song—it feels true
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  8. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    There is not one weak track on here
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  9. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    A memorable record that showcases a relationship through the good times and bad
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    For a record that was a triumph just to complete and release in the first place, SVIIB is an excellent, joyous album which never gets overwhelmed by the circumstances surrounding its creation
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  11. 8.0 |   DIY

    The perfect goodbye
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  12. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Surprising poppiness among the sadness
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  13. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Typically elegant and surprisingly uplifting work about affairs of the heart. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Q

    New York electronic-rock duo’s fourth and final act draws beauty from tragedy. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Mojo

    An artful and lyrically dense synth-pop LP. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   State

    Musically, it not only sounds typically School of the Seven Bells but also of the band at their best and, despite the events surrounding its production, it’s a relatively upbeat affair
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  17. 8.0 |   All Music

    What clearly sets this apart from previous School of Seven Bells releases is the absence of characters and spirits. It's all about Deheza and Curtis, a decade-long partnership, split in romantic and platonic halves - and creative throughout
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  18. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    These are stadium-sized songs under a lone spotlight, and a stunning tribute to a light that went out far too soon
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  19. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    SVIIB is the light show to the perfect dream, one where acknowledgements of life's strife become that which makes celebration possible
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  20. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Deheza and Curtis make nothing droopy or lachrymose here
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  21. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Benjamin Curtis and School of Seven Bells have ensured that they won’t be forgotten any time soon
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  22. 6.0 |   NME

    Completing this album after such great loss was never going to be easy, but Deheza uses euphoria to attack the incalculable spectrum of grief head on
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  23. 6.0 |   The FT

    Tracks such as “Ablaze” and “On My Heart” show how the duo managed to stand out in the crowded field of shoe-gazing indie acts
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  24. 6.0 |   Spin

    The more down-the-middle SVIIB shows that these postscripts aren’t always special, but we’re grateful for the closing chapter nonetheless
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