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Join The Dots

TOY

Join The Dots

Second album from the London-based psychedelic krautrock five-piece

ADM rating[?]

6.9

Label
Heavenly
UK Release date
09/12/2013
US Release date
17/12/2013
  1. 8.0 |   NME

    A strong second album from a band in the ascendancy
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  2. 8.0 |   Clash

    TOY get the balance exactly right here, perfectly mixing noise and melody
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Takes them ever closer to the pantheon of greats. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    Songs pound onwards, elliptical guitar lines wrapping round and round, and there's an all encompassing feeling of travelling vast distances
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  5. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    There seems to be a lot going on: layers, effects and overdubs are all swooshed, swished, swathed and swirled, as if recording studios were going out of fashion
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    Join the Dots shows that instead of limiting themselves, TOY have just gotten better overall - arguably the more difficult, and rewarding, path for a band to take
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Join The Dots is a very good album, derivative maybe, but much more than the sum of its parts
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  8. 7.0 |   The Fly

    When their stars align, TOY sound mesmeric, like on the swirling stomp of the title track
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  9. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    For the most part, this is the sound of a band with huge, yet-to-be-realized potential
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  10. 6.0 |   Q

    Fall between two stools on LP two. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   The Observer

    It's only when hazy melodies begin to pierce the fog that their psychedelic rock strikes the right balance between hooky immediacy and cosmic ambition
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  12. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Conductor’s seven minutes of wordless krautrock is as uninteresting as it is inessential, while at over an hour in length the album is in danger of overstaying its welcome
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  13. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    They make a cracking psychedelic, shoegaze noise, and have that knack of taking a track and jamming, extending and expanding it into an almost-transcendent wig-out
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  14. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Toy sound cheeringly like a band who are slowly maturing, working out what they want to do and where they want to go
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  15. 6.0 |   Time Out

    Just as much as their debut, ‘Join the Dots’ will leave you toying with the idea of whether this lot are nostalgic plagiarists or mesmeric artists
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  16. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Psych-pop quintet tread water. Print edition only


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