Continuing in the pop-inflected vein of Giraffe, Echoboy's Lately Lonely features one of the album's most intense songs and backs it with two new tracks. "Lately Lonely"'s driving rhythms and synths recall a host of vintage bands ranging from New Order to The The, but Echoboy's danceable take on paranoia and isolation has some originality in its own right. Meanwhile, the single's other two tracks, "Bastard Cartel" and "Getting Old Not Growing Up," have a much harder, more straightforwardly dance edge to them, although the repetitive rhythms and droning synths on both tracks owe a bit to Echoboy's Volume One and Volume 2. Whether or not the darker, dancier sound that Lately Lonely presents makes any impact on Echoboy's future work, it's still a good, if somewhat slight, single.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares