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  • Audio CD (29 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Subpop Records/Ada
  • ASIN: B00AIZ26OA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Those more in the know than I have given New Zealand band The Ruby Suns
fourth album 'Christopher' a pretty cool reception but for my money this
collection of irrepressibly upbeat pop deserves a warm welcome. Frontman
Ryan McPhun knows what goes into making a good tune and reveals his
Californian roots time and again in his deployment of glowing happy hippie
harmonies and blissed-out melodies. The sixties and the eighties get a
right royal mash-up in these sparkling synth-saturated songs which,
arriving in these cold months (although the sun will undoubtedly be shining
down-under), are a fine antidote to long dark nights with rain and hail
battering against the windowpane. It's destined for my Summer 2013 soundtrack.

Mr McPhun has a cracking voice; easy on the ear and sporting a well-modulated
falsetto. Although somewhat uniform in structure and sonic density the ten
numbers in the set exude warmth and good fellow-feeling from every pore.
The upbeat tracks, in particular the tasty disco-friendly opening song
'Desert Of Pop' and 'Starlight', seem destined for the dancefloor but it is
in the more expansive arrangements of compositions like the delightful anthem
'Dramatikk' and epic final track 'Heart Attack' that we find the ensemble's
finest work (the multi-layered vocal parts of the former are especially deft).

Settle down in a big comfy chair with a mug of hot chocolate and drift away.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Always pleasant, but beware the Law of Diminishing Returns 25 Feb. 2013
By justin PL - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Ryan McPhun has done a good job carving out his own ground in the indie, synth-pop space. He has a great voice, knows how to produce some cool beats and sounds, and is always capable of churning out a catchy chorus line and the occasional fully-realized pop anthem. This album represents the first evolutionary step in the Ruby Suns discography, after the revolutionary take-off represented from Sea Lion to Fight Softly. This album picks up exactly where Fight Softly left off, saturated synthy, off-beat grooves, heavily reliant of McPhun's lyrics and delivery. Christopher feels smoother than Fight Softly, and you can almost sense that McPhun has now settled upon a settled approach to instrumentation and song writing. Unfortunately, this translates into some lost creative tension that made Sea Lion so fascinating and Fight Softly at least fairly interesting. It feels something like the law of diminishing returns. There are still a number of decent songs here, Dramatikk being a highlight, but I feel this album will really only find repeated plays with committed Ruby Suns fans, including those who found more to like than not with Fight Softly. It seems like for the next album, a new revolution is in order.
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting The Year Off Right 31 Jan. 2013
By oxxo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this without any knowledge of The Ruby Suns previous releases, and was completely blown away. This is a slick (in the good way) collection of electronica along the lines of Pet Shop Boys, Goldfrapp, Hot Chip, Lemon, etc.

The album's first four tracks are the real standouts, but none of the remaining tracks are filler.

"Desert Of Pop" is an irresistible, retro/early 90s dance floor monster. (You'll recognize "that" sound as soon as you hear it.)

"In Real Life" is a swinging, tambourine dancer, and is likely to end up on some Best Of 2013 lists (including mine).

"Dramatikk" (my favorite track) is a swirling, dreamy, electronic symphony that I've had on repeat for days.

Props to Ryan McPhun & company for starting my musical year off right.

Dream of a glossy world where you could hear these on Top 40 radio.
4.0 out of 5 stars Second album from Ruby Suns was better 30 Dec. 2013
By Zack Horne - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
However, I still enjoy this album and there are some great songs on it. It is worth picking up, especially if you liked the second RS album. If you really liked the first one but didn't like the second, I would steer clear of this one.
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