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Local Natives


Album number two from the indie rock band from LA's ultra hip Silver Lake district

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  1. 9.3 |   Paste Magazine

    From the first sung note of Hummingbird, Local Natives are frank in their presentation of a serious album, challenging listeners to heal along with them
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  2. 9.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Hummingbird proves that these guys are maturing into a sound that’s both singular and wrenching with severity
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  3. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    With patience, Hummingbird‘s panorama comes into full view, and it is one full of arrestingly arranged set pieces and an impressive sense of economy
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  4. 8.5 |   The 405

    Musically, they have never been more confident but at their core they have never been more honest
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  5. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Local Natives’ have remained constant in their melodies, but their lyricism has matured, becoming at once refined and poignant
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  6. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    Local Natives have made a thoughtful, lovely album with small gestures that provide great rewards
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Hummingbird manages to craft a friscalating, sun-setting, post-adolescence in the rear-view mirror
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  8. 8.0 |   Q

    Transcend influences and come of age. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Tone Deaf

    This is Local Natives at their most self-assured, effortlessly intricate, and harmony-filled best
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  10. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    I’m not suggesting pot was smoked, but the fragrance from the surrounding trees must have been pungent
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  11. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    There is no shortage of shimmery songcraft
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  12. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The standout track is Colombia. Written after the death of Ayer's mother in 2011, it's stark, stately and haunting, with emotionally raw lyrics and echoes of Radiohead's recent work
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    There’s a fresh depth and consideration, as well as some barefaced emotion
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  14. 8.0 |   State

    Listening feels like bearing witness to the slow but special growth of a band coming to a great fruition
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  15. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Plays like a sophisticated and logical forward progression
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  16. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Hummingbird may not be as instantly likable as Gorilla Manor, but its seductive beauty and emotional pull is virtually impossible to resist. Local Natives just keep on getting better
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  17. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The serious, mature older brother of Local Natives’ debut
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  18. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Kelcey Ayer vents pillowy angst in vivid detail as minimalist synth surges and push-pull drum rumble rough up his dove-winged melodies
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  19. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    An incredibly sober, blue-collar indie pop that sacrifices flash and gloss for substance and meaning
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  20. 7.0 |

    Hummingbird provides an opportunity to get to know the inner workings of a more mature Local Natives, and it is one that should be seized
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  21. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    The stately elegance of Hummingbird emphasizes how Local Natives are fit for the role of indie rock saviors
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  22. 7.0 |   All Music

    Local Natives still showcase a knack for frenetic, percussive segments and layered vocal harmonies that feature lead singer Taylor Rice's evocative croon
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  23. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    An album of hidden rewards, a record to pick and choose tracks from in order to purvey a single feeling or contribute to the perfect mixtape. What it’s not, though, is a cohesive, compelling whole
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  24. 6.5 |   BBC

    Had they taken a few more steps into uncharted territory, mind, this could have been something spectacular, rather than the very solid set that it is
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  25. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Preppy Californians get a bit depressive on album number two. Print edition only

  26. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    It's pretty, yet rarely challenging
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  27. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Their second album isn’t as instantly persuasive, but Hummingbird consistently and intriguingly smoulders rather than immediately blazes into life
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  28. 5.3 |   Bowlegs

    There are moments that are achingly beautiful
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