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Universal High


Universal High

Second album of soul-inspired indie pop from the London-based quartet recorded in Atlanta, Gerogia

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  1. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Childhood has grown up, moving out of dirty basements and into sleek ‘70s clubs
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  2. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    While there’s still room to push it further, Childhood are clearly coming of age
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A summer soul smash. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An infectious rush of soul, funk and pop music
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  5. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A melody-driven, good-time record of fabulous soul-pop
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  6. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It’s so smooth and sensual in parts, it could act as an aphrodisiac
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  7. 8.0 |   Q

    This irresistibly funky makeover feels like the emergence of a major new talent. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   NME

    ‘Universal High’ is the reinvention we never knew we needed
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    The new sound may be a surprise, but it could also be the sound of summer
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  10. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    While Childhood’s debut was somewhat promising if a little ho-hum, Universal High‘s ambitious changes pay off in big ways
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  11. 7.0 |   Gig Soup

    Ben Romans-Hopcraft has now taken the helm of the project and it feels more like a personal expression of his roots, a far cry from the loose-guitared tropical four-piece that they used to be
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  12. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Ultimately, the record is a lot of fun and will sit best with those who avoid taking life and love too seriously
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  13. 6.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Change is good and expected from new, learning artists, but lacking a distinguishable characteristic to cling to makes the trajectory for a band like Childhood hazier than the kaleidoscopic jams they started out with
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  14. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Universal High usually depends more on mood than focus. A little more of the latter and it would be almost perfect. Print edition only

  15. 6.0 |   Clash

    With much of the record polished to a dull gleam, there’s little else that succeeds in rising above a pleasant but otherwise unremarkable album
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  16. 5.0 |   A.V. Club

    Maybe it’s not trying to be anything more than it is—a gliding, gilded diversion. It does that just fine
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