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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Belfast post-punk trio is its first since Gib Cassidy left the band in 2016.
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  1. Jun 15, 2018
    80
    There are so many layers to get lost in, and over time Stains on Silence reveals itself to be a gorgeously wrought piece of modern post-punk and synth-pop.
  2. Jul 20, 2018
    80
    This one takes a few listens, but in aiming for less, Girls Names have easily achieved as much as they have in previous albums, if not more. Time should be kind to the invention on display underneath all the layers.
  3. Jun 15, 2018
    70
    Girls Names do a very good job of keeping the drama, intensity, and twisted emotion in place while taking the music into darker, odder realms. It's pretty far from the poppy place the band started at, but their journey remains one that is very much worth following.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jun 15, 2018
    60
    The result is a record that's more one-note wonder than fully-fledged triumph. [Summer 2018, p.109]
  5. Jun 15, 2018
    40
    The frustration comes from Stains on Silence's propensity for a feeling little bit too rough around the edges, unfinished almost, despite it’s reworking.