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The National Splits
The National Splits (Kittridge Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Hook-laden indie-pop collides with sunshine pop. The warmth and happiness creates a cosmic explosion. And the result is a slightly bubblegum, jangle-y, lo-fi pop thrill. The type of melodic gem you listen to at first, really dig, and each time you listen to it you get more and more from it, no matter how many times you've heard that chorus, those few verses that make you smile, or the lo-fi approach of the record. This is a memorable, underexposed pop treat, the kind of carefully crafted, well-thought songwriting and detail oriented melodies that seem so effortless and carefree, when in actuality are painstakingly chiseled for both enjoyment and expression. Love live fun pop music with substance. I'll give this an A-.
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