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Beautifully distorted and overdriven guitars hold the record together through looser moments and poppier hooks.
They rely on a number of references to grow their audience but they definitely hold their own and maintain autonomy in their sound.
When the band reverts to what they did best on their last two albums – a slow build-up leading to a big finale – their talent shines through.
“[The new record’s] definitely going back to more of the vibe and meditation of space which I believe we did a much better job of expressing on our first couple of albums."
As it stands, Spine Hits is an indicator of a band torn between ideas.
Spine Hits is the best sounding album Sleepy Sun have produced, but the spit and polish has rubbed out some of the dusty abandon that made previous albums Embrace and Fever so attractive.