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Need to Feel Your Love

Sheer Mag

Need to Feel Your Love

Full-length debut from the Philadelphia rock five-piece

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  1. 10.0 |   DIY

    ‘Need to Feel Your Love’ is an album that not only shreds, but feels prescient, too
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Sheer Mag give you everything – socially conscious, sexually confident rock’n’roll that nods to pub rock, punk, funk, blues and 80s indie – and make it even more than the sum of its parts
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  3. 10.0 |   NME

    A hard rocking classic with a big heart
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  4. 9.1 |   Paste Magazine

    With Need To Feel Your Love, the band broadens its horizons without losing what made ‘em so promising in the first place. That’s always a tricky line to walk, and Sheer Mag does it with gritty grace
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  5. 9.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Sheer Mag’s debut is one of the year’s absolute best
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  6. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Imagining what a slickly produced, legitimately pop Sheer Mag album might be like is a diverting parlour game, but what we got instead is way too good for it to trouble ya more than fleetingly
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  7. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    As musically fun and riff-heavy as it is lyrically direct and meaningful, Need to Feel Your Love is exactly the debut album fans wanted from Sheer Mag — not to mention one of the best of 2017 so far
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  8. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Sheer Mag has created an album on which even their breeziest hooks drip with tension and rage
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  9. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Isn’t a debut album so much as a loud motivational speech to do… SOMETHING
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  10. 8.5 |   Earbuddy

    Sheer Mag's music makes you want to pull that '70s Firebird out of the garage and go for a ride
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  11. 8.5 |   The 405

    Need To Feel Your Love is more than just a terrific debut, it also happens to be of the best damn rock records released this year
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  12. 8.0 |   Punk News

    An endearing work of art from a band that undoubtedly have more magic up their sleeve, as they've consistently shown in the past
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  13. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Sheer Mag keep biting at the forbidden fruit of 1970s hard rock. They dance the line between proto-metal and power pop on songs about romantic obsession and societal oppression
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  14. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Sheer Mag remain one of punk’s most promising prospects here
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  15. 8.0 |   Q

    The result is a wildly primal and consistently brilliant rock'n'roll record. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   All Music

    Good old-fashioned hard rock that's guilt free and easy to love
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  17. 8.0 |   Crack

    A blatant and irresistible ode to the past, the present and – importantly – the future
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  18. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Sheer Mag’s heady mixture of influences shouldn’t work. And yet, their tireless curiosity and genuine affection for rock song forms is what separates Need to Feel Your Love from sounding like a conventional tribute
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  19. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Although the gloriously messy record has a few outliers, the general sonic approach involves revved-engine riffage, Tina Halladay’s gravelly vocal lacerations, and taut tempos
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  20. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The Philadelphia rockers deliver on the promise of their early work on their full-length debut
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  21. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Sheer Mag stand as a band to be followed, appreciated, and endlessly enjoyed, a source for rock beyond its limitations and conceits
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  22. 7.0 |   Uncut

    It's a thrilling start but, after the breathless thrills of the first six songs, things tail off sharply. Print edition only

  23. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    As far as ’70s tailored rousing rock in 2017 goes, Sheer Mag’s work is best in class
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  24. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Stretched across three-quarters of an hour and 12 tracks, Need to Feel sometimes feels exhausting
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  25. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Ultimately Need To Feel Your Love is an unashamedly retro flavoured affair, but it's one that’s worth tasting
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  26. 4.0 |   The Observer

    Curiously one-dimensional
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