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Hope Downs

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Hope Downs

Debut full-length from the indie rock quintet from Melbourne, Australia

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
Sub Pop
UK Release date
15/06/2018
US Release date
15/06/2018
  1. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    Not a single bad song on here
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    It's a small-scale triumph of hooks and guitars from a band whose members have figured it all out and delivered a debut album that comes as close to perfect as any guitar pop album can
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  3. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Timeless in its past and future reach
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  4. 8.9 |   Paste Magazine

    Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have more tricks up their sleeves, it seems. For a debut, though, a couple tricks are enough, especially when you’ve already mastered them
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  5. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    Applies their infectious brand of motorik jangle rock to lovelorn ruminations and geopolitical laments
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    RBCF have pulled together ten songs that drift from indie, to country, to pop, inside a single verse
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  7. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    The rolling riff of Sister’s Jeans is so damn good the listener is forced to throw any cynicism to the wind
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  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    As good a reminder as any that life’s a blast
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  9. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Full of instantly memorable tunes with echoes of classic bands like R.E.M. and the Cure
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  10. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A tremendously satisfying listen
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  11. 8.0 |   The Music

    Confident guitar interplay abounds, complex without becoming histrionic, while their default laid-back vibe permeates the lyrics, rhythms and melodies of catchy tunes like Mainland, Time In Common and Exclusive Grave
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  12. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Keeping guitar rock on life support
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  13. 8.0 |   Q

    Make jangling indie sound vital again. Print edition only

  14. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    With their debut full-length Hope Downs, the band look to consolidate their justified amount of hype, and, for the most part, generally succeed
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  15. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    RBCF are a welcome addition to the range of Australian guitar bands taking the world by storm, their confident debut an exploration of angular v. melodic guitars and energetic rhythms
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  16. 7.0 |   Clash

    Far from perfect, but it has charm in abundance
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  17. 6.9 |   Earbuddy

    One thing noticeable about Hope Downs is how much the band frontloads the album. It feels like its best songs come at the beginning
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  18. 6.0 |   DIY

    Sunny, memorable hooks by the pound
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