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Debut full-length album from the Los Angeles post-punk trio

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  1. 8.0 |   All Music

    Moaning is an undeniably powerful debut which sounds astonishingly mature and accomplished for a first effort
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    As old favourites veer off in new directions or the intensity of their output fades, young newcomers like Moaning are a welcome addition to the genre
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  3. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Moaning are just three more twenty-somethings navigating choppy waters like everyone else, their sleek, impassioned music a lifeboat for us all
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  4. 7.0 |   Clash

    On most tracks, loud choruses and quiet verses and bridges abound, but this lack of subtlety on the dynamics front is paralleled by frontman Sean Solomon’s knack for hooks
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  5. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Moaning masterfully employs dichotomies to craft a record that grows more rewarding with each spin
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  6. 6.8 |   Earbuddy

    Much of the songs deal with unrequited love. But the thematic narrative is often hard to follow because of the band’s ear-blistering arrangements
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  7. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Straddling both shoegaze and post-punk is what makes Moaning both enthralling and frustrating, a hint to the cavernous thrill they're capable of though also threatening to oversaturate and lose themselves in their own dirge
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  8. 6.0 |   DIY

    You can’t help but feel that they’ve been beaten to the punch
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  9. 6.0 |   Q

    A blank regeneration. Print edition only

  10. 6.0 |   Mojo

    At their best melodically, Artificial lopes on Pornography-era Cure beats to a rousing Interpol angst chorus. Further on through, the various '82-91 moves become too familiar and the mood of despond too oppressive. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   Uncut

    The excellent "Misheard" and "Useless" swirl with a cathartic sense of rage and helplessness, but while it's effective, the entirety is a lot to take. Print edition only

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