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Violet Street

Local Natives

Violet Street

Fourth album from the Silver Lake indie rock group fronted by Taylor Rice

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  1. 8.5 |   Northern Transmission

    Violet Streets is fun and shiny enough to reward any immediate listening, but carefully compressed with enough sonic diversity and technical prowess to impress on much more lasting levels
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Local Natives have tapped back into the rich veins of sound from their first and second albums, taken the best elements of each – the spark of Gorilla Manor, the moodiness of Hummingbird
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  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    A tale of affection deeply rooted in the realism of love, not just in romance but in life
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  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Takes a more buoyant and positive approach than usual
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  5. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    Local Natives explore their ideas while getting super creative
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  6. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    The L.A. band has long carried the flag for a particular strain of SoCal indie, but the follow-up to 2016’s fashionably yearning Sunlit Youth sounds both more personal and more timeless
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  7. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Despite the occasional moment of stagnation, Violet Street is a commanding collection of songs that strikes at the heart with it's earnest depictions of love in the City of Angels
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  8. 6.0 |   Q

    Very much an album of two halves. Print edition only

  9. 5.0 |   The Music

    Instead of being a rich Tim Tam of flavour and experience... all the band seem to come up with are soggy biscuits
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