Ducktails
The Flower Lane


2.7
average

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
January 26th, 2013 | 61 replies | 6,895 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



15000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

hella consolidated

GhettoHmbrglr
January 25th 2013



571 Comments


meep

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 25th 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

this is the readers digest condensed version of the review

Calc
January 25th 2013



12116 Comments


im glad i didnt get this then.

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alachlahol
January 25th 2013



7477 Comments


flower lane and letter of intent are too good

alachlahol
January 25th 2013



7477 Comments


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

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 25th 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

letter of intent is the best track

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 25th 2013



49971 Comments


Ducktales WOOOOOO

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 25th 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

like

PuddlesPuddles
January 25th 2013



4772 Comments


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

Also, yes, this band is quite terrible


kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 25th 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

nah their s/t was awesome.

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

PuddlesPuddles
January 25th 2013



4772 Comments


Maybe I just don't like their genre then

KILL
January 25th 2013



71167 Comments


m/

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 25th 2013



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

the three records before this are all dece.

Relinquished
January 25th 2013



24878 Comments


2.7

zxlkho
January 25th 2013



3460 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



10306 Comments


days didn't come out last year dick

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 25th 2013



10042 Comments


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

fromtheinside
January 25th 2013



17937 Comments


wait. wait. wait.
2.7?

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