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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the side project from The Bees' Aaron Fletcher and Tim Parkin was recorded on the Isle of Wight.
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  1. Jul 6, 2018
    80
    As part of the Bees, Fletcher and Parkin helped make a lot of really good songs and albums. On their own, they went right ahead and topped their old band's catalog on their very first try.
  2. Mojo
    Jul 3, 2018
    80
    Seemingly ramshackle songs with deceptively shrewd arrangements, like the woozy, Beta Band-ish Paper. [Aug 2018, p.96]
  3. Jul 6, 2018
    80
    There are unusual sonic touches--the way the deep harmonies in Pour It Out recall church singing; the combination of early 60s balladry and bleached psychedelia in ESTWD--that continually pique the interest.
  4. Jul 3, 2018
    70
    Fletcher and Parkin have released an album that doesn’t fit into the confines of what an ‘alternative’ album should be in 2018. Instead they’ve crafted 11 songs that show off their love of retro sounds, an infectious joy for life, a good melody and a catchy chorus.
  5. Uncut
    Jul 19, 2018
    70
    The Bees' oddball genre-hopping is still evident. [Sep 2018, p.24]
  6. Q Magazine
    Jul 3, 2018
    60
    Its breezy mix of acid pop, acoustic whimsy and sunshine funk drifts by with all the staying power of a warm afternoon. [Aug 2018, p.108]
  7. Jul 23, 2018
    40
    The rich harmonies and sharp production isn't sustained throughout the album's 11 tracks. Several tracks not only step backwards from the mod rock but step back in time to mimic the slow tempo sunshiny pop of early '60s boy bands, but lack the freshness of their heritage.

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