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I Romanticize *
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Album: I Romanticize *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Means That Much
2)    Engineers
3)    Love Matters
4)    Television
5)    Last Days in the Factory
6)    Salt Cleans
7)    My Mine
8)    Impossible People
9)    Cold Cuts
10)    Last Thing On Your Mind
11)    Forever Eating
12)    More Salt
 

Album: I Romanticize *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Means That Much
2)    Engineers
3)    Love Matters
4)    Television
5)    Last Days in the Factory
6)    Salt Cleans
7)    My Mine
8)    Impossible People
9)    Cold Cuts
10)    Last Thing On Your Mind
11)    Forever Eating
12)    More Salt
 
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  • With a crack backing band consisting of longtime collaborator Cate Le Bon, Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa, and keyboardist Josiah Steinbrick helping out on his fourth album, I Romanticize, Welsh guitarist H. Hawkline has fully realized all the potential his previous albums promised. Here, he and his band smooth out some of the spiky guitar kinks of the excellent In the Pink of Condition, add some welcome synths and pianos, and fill the nooks and crannies of each song with sticky sonic hooks. Hawkline's songs are similarly fuller and more expressive, with catchy melodies and choruses that are destined to be lodged deeply in the brains of anyone clued in enough to hear them. There's more snap to them this time out, a little bit of strutting swagger ("Engineers"), some Television-style weirdness ("Television"), and loads of pleasingly arty left-field indie pop. The stakes feel higher, too; songs like "Last Thing on Your Mind" and "Love Matters" feel more potent and important to Hawkline. It comes through in his vocals, which are stronger and more present than before. Another change from the past is that the interplay of the guitars is a little muted, but the addition of keyboards more than makes up for it. The bandmembers fit together like they've been playing for years and are able to read each other's musical minds. There's not a single stray note played nor any excess fat anywhere as the band bounces along almost merrily ("Salt Cleans") or cruises on a slow boil ("Last Days in the Factory"). Even with the expanded arrangements, Hawkline runs a tight ship and every note counts, especially the slashing, economical guitar leads. Hawkline's work up until now was strong, but this album is strong-plus. He's upped his already impressive game across the board, which makes I Romanticize his best album yet and some of the best guitar pop anyone is likely to hear in 2017. ~ Tim Sendra
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