Reubens Accomplice

The Bull, The Balloon and The Family

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Like the Weakerthans southerly, desert-bound (Phoenix, to be specific) cousins, Reubens Accomplice play angular and smart pop songs built on a sunny outlook to tweaker trailer park culture, strip malls majesty, and spacious adolescent plains. The band is markedly stronger on their more propulsive numbers -- take "Big Apple, Small Heart," for instance, which crunches power pop, Jimmy Eat World bombast, emo-psychedelia (points for new genre) and waves of noise all into the same song. The country-pop twang of "Underneath the Golden Grain" sounds like Limbeck, and "All Chorus" recalls the more McCartney-inspired moments of Saves the Day's In Reverie, but with an epic grandeur that band never really aims for. The Bull, the Balloon and the Family is not a perfect album, but Reubens Accomplice has made good on the promise of their debut, and created a record that is not only as melodic and moving as the average emo fare, but more rocking and more true to themselves and their experiences.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:35 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:36 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:13 SpotifyAmazon
4 5:16 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:23 SpotifyAmazon
6 4:17 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:11 SpotifyAmazon
8 4:11 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:41 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:51 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:27 SpotifyAmazon
12 5:33 SpotifyAmazon
13 0:04
14 0:04
15 0:04
16 0:04
17 0:04
18 0:04
19 0:04
20 0:05
21 0:05
22 0:05
23 0:05
24 0:04
25 0:05
26 0:04
27 0:04
28 0:04
29 0:04
30 0:04
31 0:04
32 0:04
33 0:04
34 0:04
35 0:04
36 0:04
37 0:04
38 0:04
39 0:04
40 2:32
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