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Innocence Reaches

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Innocence Reaches

Album number fourteen from the Athens, Georgia experimental indie rock group led by Kevin Barnes

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  1. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Innocence Reaches works best when it offers surprises after seducing with slinky bass lines and sleepy bloops and bleeps
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  2. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Innocence Reaches takes another mercurial swerve, with synths back in favour and flamboyance reembraced
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  3. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    One of the finest records of their career
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  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    of Montreal manage to come off inspired, inventive, re-energized and wide-eyed on Innocence Reaches, utilizing new sounds rather than rehashing old ideas
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s a reinvention that Bowie himself might have applauded
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  6. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Barnes is looking forward rather than back, having decided to tap into the modern landscape of pop music, whatever the hell you might consider that to be these days
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  7. 7.5 |   Beardfood

    Every track could be a single, and if you can tolerate maximum sugar for 12 tracks you’ll love it
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  8. 7.0 |   Clash

    It’s refreshing to see that Kevin Barnes and Co. are continuing to reinvent themselves with some of their most anthemic, accessible, and socially pertinent singles to date
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  9. 7.0 |   Gig Soup

    This is the album’s greatest strength: its control. The songs are pushed to the brink of experiment, before being brought back into more familiar territory
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  10. 7.0 |   music OMH

    For the most part, Innocence Reaches is a triumph of adversity and experimentation
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  11. 7.0 |   All Music

    It's an uptempo pleaser with songs that promise to be handpicked fan favorites
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  12. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Psychedelia with a 1980’s twist. Print edition only

  13. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Innocence Reaches feels like Kevin Barnes has found his center again. He's figured out how to combine his melodic skills with his musical idiosyncrasies in a way that works really well
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  14. 6.8 |   Earbuddy

    After 14 albums, it’s pretty evident that Barnes is going to make the music he wants to make; DETRACTORS BE DAMNED!
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  15. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    After a run of increasingly fussy, exhausting records, Kevin Barnes has started making direct and inviting music again. Innocence Reaches dips its toe into contemporary EDM
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  16. 6.0 |   The Music

    This is a record about identity, and it feels playful, like a kid describing a dream using Lego
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  17. 6.0 |   Q

    Crazy as ever, but still just about in an endearing way. Print edition only

  18. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    When focused, he is a fine songwriter, as shown here by album standout It’s Different for Girls
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  19. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Each song propels and swerves. Each album builds upon the last. Innocence Reaches follows the same progression, an octave up
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  20. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Challenging and proudly disjointed, Innocence Reaches showcases a deranged songwriter whose fickle character knows no bounds
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  21. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Mostly it feels like he’s lost in the dress-up box, never quite finding a mask to fit his ever-changing face
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  22. 5.8 |   Consequence Of Sound

    By lacking any resonant peg and showing little advancement, the record feels like a question mark, a gray spot on the timeline
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  23. 5.5 |   The Quietus

    By no means a bad album
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  24. 5.0 |   Spin

    Barnes’ approach now seems, at best, like unproductive culture-jamming, or, at worst, condescending and out of touch
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  25. 4.2 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    In trying so desperately to be universal, they’ve ended up with their most stiflingly insular album yet
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  26. 4.0 |   State

    It would be nice if Barnes would revisit the uncomplicated compositions that he established his name with as a musician and the mastermind behind of Montreal, once again
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  27. 4.0 |   NOW

    Assorted conventional, uninspired EDM manoeuvres - chopped and pitched vocal samples, trap beats, sidechain compression - do a distressing amount of heavy lifting throughout the album
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  28. 4.0 |   DIY

    Aiming for a more accessible sound, Kevin Barnes’ new, lighthearted record is an oddly frustrating listen
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