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Everything Matters But No One Is Listening

Quiet Slang

Everything Matters But No One Is Listening

First album from James Alex's Beach Slang spin-off band consists of chamber-pop covers of his own punk songs

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Polyvinyl Records/Ada
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  1. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    This is an utterly gorgeous record that moves, inspires, and invites mixtape inclusion at every turn, Alex's punk rock transformed into ethereal hymns to love and comradeship. A true delight
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  2. 7.0 |   Earbuddy

    He’s getting this out of the way, so he can make the music we really like. I guess we really need an album of exclusive Quiet Slang songs to really make the final judgement. But until that happens, this album is worth your time
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  3. 6.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Die-hard fans will love it, but for everyone else, Everything Matters But No One Is Listening probably won’t matter much at all
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  4. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    If you're a huge fan of Beach Slang already, you'll likely find more than enough to love about these candlelit versions of some of the band's most popular songs
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  5. 6.0 |   All Music

    While the acoustic treatment is more effective on some tracks than others (certain Alex lyrics and melodies demand noise, including "Filthy Luck"), the naked distress of these versions often delivers its own power
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  6. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    The switch from loud and brash guitar punk to delicate balladry forces Alex’s vocals and lyrics to the front
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  7. 5.4 |   Pitchfork

    Everything Matters makes the prospect of the band’s third proper album sound more attractive than it might have otherwise. In that respect, Quiet Slang could be the first shrewdly calculated move of James Alex’s career
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