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Recommended Record [VINYL]

It Hugs Back Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (13 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Safe And Sound
  • ASIN: B00CAX33GS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Returning with a new album less than a year since the release of the acclaimed 'Laughing Party', It Hugs Back continue to work at their own pace, in their own space and in their own way; satisfying their own desires and defining their own successes, working undeterred and alone in their tiny Kent countryside studio. Recommended Record as a title, it s a confident statement for the band's third album, their most accomplished, instant and joyful so far; a side-step from the freewheeling jams of their previous release, leaping headlong into a more concentrated pop-group sensibility whilst still maintaining the twists, turns and swerves that characterise the band s sonic adventures. Following the release of Laughing Party , the band took time off while singer & guitarist Matthew Simms was recording a new album with his other band, the historic and influential Wire. Reconvening It Hugs Back in the summer with a sheaf of new songs at the ready, it quickly became apparent to the band that they had struck upon a new sound and direction, resembling Nirvana playing Steely Dan. Whilst the distinctive hushed vocals and intricate guitar interplay that have become the unmistakable I.H.B. identity remain intact, a fantastic convergence and melding of new influences has emerged; from the pounding garage rock of 'Go Magic!', to the Beatles-y groove of 'Lower', to the almost Kraftwerk-with-guitars style of 'Piano Drone', displaying little trace of the homemade, zero budget recording process.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Just About Recommended 13 May 2013
By Gannon
Format:Audio CD
Short of calling your LP a best-of when it's anything but, Recommended Record is about as headline-friendly as tongue-in-cheek titles come. The notion that it's indicative of a self-deprecating sense of humour is given strength by Kent four-piece It Hugs Back`s choice of opening and closing tracks - playful noise-popper "Sa Sa Sa Sails" is defined by a key-driven ditty, a joyous foreshadow perhaps to the up-tempo psyche-pop finale, which to these ears recalls whimsical maestro Andrew Bird in part.

Yet, with a back catalogue that more commonly nestles between dreamy indie and kraut-rocking jams, this one-time 4AD band are not primarily known for sunny silliness however, and, on occasion, are surprisingly loud for an outfit with one of the most twee names in history. Hitting not unlike The Horrors, take the crunching guitar and assaulting organ of "Big Sighs" for example (a track which coincidentally also features a crying debut from bassist Paul Michael`s new-born daughter Lily). Whilst undoubtedly a product of "proper" rock, it's nevertheless difficult to reconcile it or any other cut with guitarist Matthew Simms` claim that Recommended Record sounds like "Nirvana playing Steely Dan".

It's probably fairer to categorise the running order in terms of last year's Laughing Party album, for, then as now, the majority of it relies on laidback interplay to make its point - "Sometimes" may run its through with electronic patterning, the dynamic "Go Magic!" with serious guitar work no doubt borrowed from Simms' on-going stint as guitarist for post-punk legends Wire, the repeato-kraut of "Piano Drone" with sci-fi synth even, but it's a constant all the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yr guitar WILL hug you back, if you'd just let it! 28 Sep 2013
By Robert C. Delfino - Published on
(soy cheezy review title, but hey it's 5 in the morning...). ok, why the hell is it that great, and i mean great bands get unceremoniously bounced and then unceremoniously dropped like a hot rock from their labels. ha, trick question i think because usually, in my experience in listening to indie bands and supporting indie labels like a fiend, the smaller the better. it hugs back are a prime example: heralded as the next great reverb-drenched guitar/shoegaze band, they released a stellar series of vinyl only singles that all eventually found their way to the cd 'record room: the first four singles' on indie 'giant' too pure. it got better from there as their debut full-length found a home on my personal obsession 4ad. wow, right? dropped. now they're distributed through the more than respectable red eye and have released their magnum opus, this spring's 'recommended record' (the title, of course, says it all and a lot more...). this album is pure genius, and while that may say a lot, give them a fair shake and stop buying bon iver and of monsters and men records please.
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