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Headful Of Sugar

Sunflower Bean

Headful Of Sugar

Third album from the Brooklyn-based psych-pop trio Nick Kivlen, Julia Cumming and Jacob Faber

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  1. 10.0 |   Dork

    ‘Headful Of Sugar’ is a pure thrill ride of exhilarating speed, whiplashing from open-top car rides into the clubs from one track to the next without ever settling into any form of comfort zone
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  2. 9.0 |   DIY

    Ultimately an exercise in Sunflower Bean showing off that they can do just about everything well
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  3. 9.0 |   All Music

    They even dive into the pearlescent disco-house of "Post Love," an infectious club moment that brings to mind Blondie's work with Giorgio Moroder. With Headful of Sugar, Sunflower Bean turn the pangs of growing up into hypnotic, intoxicating pop
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  4. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    This is undoubtedly a forward-thinking album full of vibrancy and excitement, one that engages the head and the heart from a band who have always strived to do both, and it succeeds on pretty much every level
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  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    On Headful of Sugar, Sunflower Bean are basking in the sweetness of taking life at their own pace, ups and downs be damned
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It all combines to paint a picture of a band entering a distinct new phase. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   NME

    2018's 'Twentytwo In Blue' found the New Yorkers uneasy with the world around them. On their optimistic third album, they're very much in control
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    All in all, its a beautiful sign of the times - psychedelic and indie focused in melody, with poignant and important lyrics giving a pulse to an otherwise-relaxed-sounding project
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  9. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    A tribute to the agony and ecstasy of modern life in the USA
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  10. 7.3 |   Spectrum Culture

    The band’s previous albums were often very clean and pretty-sounding, but this new one finds Sunflower Bean exploring new ground using heavy rhythm and synths
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  11. 6.0 |   Pitchfork

    On its latest album, the New York band works hard to sound effortless, hindered by inert performances and unconvincing lyrics
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  12. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Headful Of Sugar, as per title, gleefully syncs with their peers' saccharine sonics, and thematically embraces "fast pleasures... the joy that comes with letting go of everything you thought mattered.” Print edition only

  13. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Having grown past Twentytwo, NYC indie trio Sunflower Bean’s Headful of Sugar finds them inevitably taking on “late capitalism”. Cue the retro-disco beats
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  14. 4.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    If you don’t listen too hard, it’s all quite enjoyable. If you do, there’s so much here that three minutes might just stick
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