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Wild Nothing


Virginia's Jack Tatum with his 2nd collection of 80s-indebted dream pop / power pop songs

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  1. 9.0 |   DIY

    A gorgeous album of soundscapes
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  2. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    This is called dream-pop for a reason, and there's no logic for what drives adults to lie out on the grass staring at the sun for hours or write songs about girls with fantastical names like "Rheya". Nocturne gives a voice to those feelings, and damn if it isn't lovely to listen to
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  3. 8.1 |   Beats Per Minute

    Tatum always had nods to timeless rock stalwarts – Fleetwood Mac, New Order and Talk Talk amongst others – but here on Nocturne he is starting to meld those sounds more ably than ever
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  4. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    An album made of dreams, haunted visions, and echoes that extend forever
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  5. 8.0 |   Prefix

    Where his first album emphasized synthesizers and reverbed, borderline maudlin lyricism, Nocturne’s focus is more on instrumentation (namely, the guitar) topped with sanguine, smooth vocals. These lo-fi pop gems have been polished, and the result is sparkling
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  6. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Tatum's ideal is a gentle one that can drift right by without revealing its nuances. But the nuance is there in his careful arrangements, thoughtful melodies, and mid-fi perfectionism
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  7. 8.0 |   BBC

    An album that, despite its obvious glances back at the past, is smart, sophisticated and of its own pop moment. Definitely worth getting out of bed for
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  8. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    With audible references to Talk Talk and Tears for Fears, this album is plugged with quality aural references
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  9. 8.0 |   The Fly

    This sophomore effort is a rich and wholesome progression
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    It's just the kind of album that could connect with lovers of slick, catchy pop with real humans behind the controls
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  11. 8.0 |   State

    Taking elements of the Cure’s synth-pop and Twin Shadow’s retro craft and some of the most simple and effective melodies you can imagine, Nocturne just goes from song to song without ever losing sight of the overarching aesthetic of the album
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  12. 7.5 |   Bowlegs

    Nocturne was recorded in a studio and the lift in production is immediately noticeable, the soft focus acoustics and tightly compressed drums are perfectly captured, the swooning synths in the mid-section of Shadow constructed purely for pop melancholy
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  13. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Everything about the sound is dreamy and searching. This homogeneous approach leads to an all around gorgeous album; but it also sacrifices the kind of tension and complexity that makes a good album great
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  14. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Tatum’s palette may be overly familiar, but unlike so many of his dream-pop peers, he’s gradually pushing his style forward
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  15. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A highly enjoyable record that knocks spots off most of the competition still tripping over each other's shoelaces to be the most shambolic lo-fi band in town
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  16. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    Even if Nocturne isn't going to shove Wild Nothing to the front of any groundbreaking movement, it's still a really good record, made by a guy who likes really good records and who seems really happy to share the refinement of his craft with us
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  17. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Just about all of the songs here demonstrate Tatum’s immense talent to some degree, but more often than not he feels trapped in two minds about where a song is going; for my money, he errs on the side of caution a few times too often
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  18. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Tatum welds a much bigger production sound to his contagious pop melodies which he now immerses in layers of shimmering guitars, quietly understated strings and illusory, breathy vocals
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  19. 7.0 |   NME

    While Nocturne is gorgeous, it's a little too predictable to become truly exciting
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  20. 6.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    As a whole, Nocturne does not present enough variety to succeed as an artistic unit
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  21. 6.0 |   Q

    Tatum gently pushes these songs beyond elegant pastiche. Print edition only

  22. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Sees both his personality and his creativity blossoming. Print edition only

  23. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    There is just too little here to distinguish Wild Nothing from the vast sea of mediocre 80s revivalists
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