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Expert In A Dying Field

The Beths

Expert In A Dying Field

Third album of indie pop from the Auckland, New Zealand four-piece

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  1. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The band’s third album is an exhilarating power-pop tour de force, replete with bristling guitar riffs and infectious harmonies
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  2. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    A thoroughly uplifting listening experience
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  3. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Expert In A Dying Field looks like it could be their well-deserved breakout and win them a whole new audience. It might be an ambitious claim, but as Stokes sings, “when you know, you know”
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  4. 8.4 |   Spectrum Culture

    To listen to the Beths’ latest album is to feel hopeful about the state of modern rock ‘n’ roll
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  5. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    With Expert in a Dying Field The Beths have created a bundle of sheer sonic joy that confronts, but doesn’t succumb to, all those neuroses most of us know too wel
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  6. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

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  7. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    A grand album, Expert In A Dying Field, reveals the gift of The Beths – great music and great lyrics
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  8. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The third album from the New Zealand quartet blends openhearted lyrics about post-breakup regret with a sugar-rush immediacy and a craftsman-like attention to detail
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  9. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    The New Zealanders’ third album takes their scuzzy, melodic guitar rock sound and adds extra muscle
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    Without skipping a hook, third album Expert in a Dying Field delves still deeper into melancholy, with lyrics navigating a breakup as well as pandemic life
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  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The mood of Expert In A Dying Field is yearning and reflective, as Stokes picks over the bones of relationships on mournful janglers like “Your Side”, punky rocker “Silence Is Golden”, the shimmering “Best Left” and terrific closer “2am”. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The vigorous, often zippy arrangements finessed at guitarist Jonathan Pearce's Auckland home studio offer chipper contrast to the subject matter, Stokes a thoughtful, knowing presence. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    It's not hard to imagine a band whose influences, broadly speaking, span the Dunedin sound (the Chills), '80s American underground (R.E.M.) and Glaswegian indie-pop (Teenage Fanclub) not finding parallels with their own place in the current cultural tumult
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  14. 8.0 |   NME

    On their third album, the four-piece prove themselves to be as vital as ever, zipping between punk-rock connectivity and Midwest emo with ease
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  15. 7.9 |   Paste Magazine

    The New Zealand four-piece remain among the most dependable voices in indie rock on sharp 3rd LP
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  16. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    The record is strongest when the band’s bright and spontaneous indie rock acts as a foil to Stokes’ anxiety-filled lyrics
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  17. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    An extension on all that they have done previously, it reiterates that the band are more promising, and worthwhile, than they at times seem to believe themselves
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  18. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Celebrated New Zealand crew return with a solid collection of bittersweet power-pop gems for anyone with half a heart
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