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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Australian duo of Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett features contributions from The National’s Aaron Dessner, Matt Eccles, J Mascis, Dave Nelson, and Jim White of Dirty Three.
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  1. 80
    Ultimately, the album repays careful and repeated attention, its varied qualities cohering effectively with a measured sense of control that, simultaneously, offers positive indications of the considerable potential for future even more diverse arrangements.
  2. Mojo
    Jul 5, 2018
    80
    Sculptor yields centre-stage to Randell's haiku-like celebrations of human spirit and suburban transcendence. [Aug 2018, p.94]
  3. Jul 13, 2018
    80
    There’s always the risk that proclaiming one’s difference from all the narrow-minded plebs will come over as whiny and entitled. It’s a trap Luluc escape through their music, not defiant or raging, but hushed and wistful. Steve Hassett’s guitar sounds like a dandelion clock blowing away on the wind.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jul 5, 2018
    80
    Randell's lyrics reveal subversiveness too, telling of teenage insurrections and small-town upsets. Steve Hassett's backing, meanwhile, is characterised by enough strange impulses and pleasing deviations to whirr and rattle through the stillness. The band's third album is filled with such quirks and quiet rebellions. [Aug 2018, p.113]
  5. Jul 11, 2018
    80
    Sculptor reminds us that the present requires work that's worth it, even if it fades in the end. That's a statement any band should be very proud to release.
  6. Jul 12, 2018
    80
    Employing a handful of tasteful collaborators, including J Mascis, Dirty Three drummer Jim White, and the National's Aaron Dessner, who co-produced Passerby, Randall and Hassett have made a record that boldly turns a corner while still slotting neatly into their already sterling catalog.
  7. Jul 18, 2018
    48
    Sculptor postures as a manifesto of independent thought, without saying anything specific or of substance.

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