Birthmarks


Born Ruffians


Amoeba Review

04/15/2013

Born Ruffians’ third album is a heavy dose of bouncy indie rock thankfully more concerned with hooks than coolness. Opener “Needle” uses the same idiom as Elliott Smith’s “Needle in the Hay” but couldn’t be further from that harrowing song, despite lyrics like “I belong to no one … like a song without an album”; the song’s desperation is delivered with a smile and a wink over a stuttering indie funk. “Ocean’s Deep” swings with nautical swagger, like Phoenix in boat shoes, with a driving bassline sending its soaring chorus home, while “Permanent Hesitation” sees the band incorporating some percolating synths into its sound concoction, while singer Luke Lalonde implores the object of his wandering eye, “Is it cheating if I call you sweetheart?” Born Ruffians’ references are sometimes too well-worn to shine, but their energy and amiability go a long way, as does their up-for-anything attitude. Even against your own will, Birthmarks will have you shaking and singing.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
File/Price
Buy
1.
Needle
Born Ruffians 03:33
2.
6-5000
Born Ruffians 04:33
3.
Ocean's Deep
Born Ruffians 02:47
4.
Permanent Hesitation
Born Ruffians 04:02
5.
Cold Pop
Born Ruffians 03:46
6.
Golden Promises
Born Ruffians 04:11
7.
Rage Flows
Born Ruffians 03:17
8.
So Slow
Born Ruffians 04:04
9.
With Her Shadow
Born Ruffians 03:47
10.
Too Soaked To Break
Born Ruffians 03:31
11.
Dancing On The Edge Of Our Graves
Born Ruffians 03:40
12.
Never Age
Born Ruffians 02:31

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