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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the Pennsylvania experimental electronic band is its first full-length album in six years.
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  1. Jun 6, 2018
    80
    The feeling is more of what comes when the drugs wear off: there’s a hint of euphoria, but moreover, it’s a sparse and sometimes desperate reflection on working through anxiety, somewhere between the realms of T-Pain and Tame Impala. As a result, this might be the best BMSR record yet.
  2. May 3, 2018
    80
    Anxiety-stricken yet somehow finding ways to enjoy life, BMSR sound creatively re-energized on the excellent Panic Blooms.
  3. May 30, 2018
    80
    Where on earlier releases Black Moth Super Rainbow seemed to be the gleeful expression of a twisted, sun-baked parallel world, the last two albums sound increasingly burned out on it. Panic Blooms, rather than reaching for the sticky pop highs of its predecessor, sounds like a purer expression of this emotional drift.
  4. May 3, 2018
    70
    Panic Blooms is a shadowy, leaking sibling, licking its wounds and pulling back from the sunlight. There seem to be fewer entry points here than with other BSMR albums, but there's also a comfort in its unabashed adherence to exploring bad feelings: hearing weirdos call it like they see it, even when the going's gotten rough, offers some strange sense of reprieve.
  5. May 18, 2018
    70
    Panic Blooms is a long overdue sound from a project that sees the absurdity in holding onto feelings while desperately trying to feel. It’s borderline pop.
  6. Mojo
    May 3, 2018
    60
    Panic Blooms generates fond memories of a recent past. [Jun 2018, p.89]
  7. Q Magazine
    May 3, 2018
    60
    It's not the most direct communicator, but Panic Blooms still transmits its unease very effectively. [Jun 2018, p.106]
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