Ducktails
The Flower Lane


2.7
average

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
January 26th, 2013 | 61 replies | 6,581 views


Release Date: 01/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Real Estate, the readers digest condensed version

Unexpectedly, The Flower Lane is more of a step into familiar territory for Matt Mondanile. And unfortunately, one can't help but escape the unabashed Real Estate imitation that bursts through the seams of his fourth proper release under the Ducktails moniker. Gone are the lo-fi, experimental psychedelic pop jams of previous efforts, and in their place are ten tracks that could quite easily be confused as the rejected B-side "Nights" to 2011's Days. The real problem here isn't that we don't need more Real Estate (we do); the issue is that Mondanile's impressions come across as vapid and completely lacking in any production texture that could be expected in 2013. "Ivy Covered House" kicks things off with 60s surf-rock worship that doesn't conclude until "Academy Avenue" closes out the mediocre affair with a proper field-frolicking acoustic hippie jam. The Flower Lane isn't terrible by any means; it is a faithful homage to a classic time in music history. It just lacks in a hallmark of all prior Ducktails releases: imagination.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2013



14883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

hella consolidated

GhettoHmbrglr
January 25th 2013



528 Comments


meep

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 25th 2013



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

this is the readers digest condensed version of the review

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Calc
January 25th 2013



10832 Comments


im glad i didnt get this then.

alachlahol
January 25th 2013



7422 Comments


flower lane and letter of intent are too good

alachlahol
January 25th 2013



7422 Comments


new rating system is lame as shit not even sure why its necessary

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 25th 2013



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

letter of intent is the best track

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2013



48524 Comments


Ducktales WOOOOOO

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 25th 2013



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

like

PuddlesPuddles
January 25th 2013



4668 Comments


A 2.7? Something is different in Sputnik these days...

Also, yes, this band is quite terrible


kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 25th 2013



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

nah their s/t was awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bhtkes017o

PuddlesPuddles
January 25th 2013



4668 Comments


Maybe I just don't like their genre then

KILL
January 25th 2013



67023 Comments


m/

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 25th 2013



4829 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

the three records before this are all dece.

Relinquished
January 25th 2013



22332 Comments


2.7

zxlkho
January 25th 2013



3424 Comments


album rating 3.18456295348. eat shit pitchfork!

sonicExplorer
January 25th 2013



26 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

my feelings exactly

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2013



9990 Comments


days didn't come out last year dick

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2013



9467 Comments


This one's a little lengthy Sobhi, you should trim the fat some

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fromtheinside
January 25th 2013



16352 Comments


wait. wait. wait.
2.7?

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