On a related note, check out the New York Times' in-depth and mostly positive assessment of Songs of Innocence from writer Joe Pareles here. For a different take on the album, check out Lindsay Zoladz's negative review on the Vulture site. I am always cautious to dive in and write an album review with only a few listens/ less than a day to live with the music, but both writers seem pretty sure of all things related to the disc. I always figure if an artist is going to spend months or years working on an album, I owe it to them to listen to the album at least 3 or 4 times, and do it over a few different days to "live with the music" for a bit before writing my full review.
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