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Articles by Dean Essner
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This sophomore LP doesn’t attempt to reinvent shoegaze, which turns out to be a wise decision.
An exercise in pointless cultural appropriation rather than a mission statement.
Solid songs worth hearing, but is it even a Cold Specks record?
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A catchy, occasionally beautiful album that falls short of its influences.
It’s Beal’s beautiful emptiness — and we’re living in it.
It’s been a very busy and trying year for the mysterious Chicago crooner.
Hint at No. 1: She probably knows more than you do about Game of Thrones.
The synthpop equivalent of a Happy Meal toy: momentarily engaging, but disposable.
Ten years ago, Jeff Tweedy jumped over one hell of a career hurdle.