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Amazing Baby is an American indie rock band based in Brooklyn, New Yorkmarker in 2008. They are known more for their sense of fashion and connections to popular bands than for their musical talent. The band began as an after-work collaboration between Will Roan, Will Berman and Simon O'Connor, who had known one another from the Brooklyn music scene, and who were working at the same ringtone company.

Even before Roan, Berman and O'Connor had formed a true band, they and some of the friends who had performed on their self-produced songs were being called a "hippie cliché" by such journals as NME.

The band's debut album Rewild was released in June, 2009.

Critical Reception

The band's debut LP Rewild received a varied response from critics, and has failed to chart. The review survey website, Metacritic, has scored the album at 68, which is solidly within the site's "generally positive review" category. Uncut called the album, "A frequently startling record of no little beauty – which threatens to launch a new, esoteric generation of Williamsburg wonders." The Spin reviewer wrote, "Channeling glam, metal, punk, power pop, and experimental noise, Rewild is like a tour through a psychedelic fantasyland, featuring visions, hallucinations, and glimpses of death. Roan coaxes with an almost deliriously euphoric art-rock swagger (see reggae jam "Roverfrenz" and infectious chant-along "Smoke Bros"), while O'Connor infuses every track with hedonistic energy. Amazing Baby are desperate to dazzle -- and they often do." Rolling Stone was ambivalent. Kevin O'Donnell, in the magazine's Rock & Roll Daily, called Rewild, "stunning," while reviewer Christian Hoard wrote, "On their debut, the quintet spread the arty Cheez Whiz like MGMT and Yeasayer while bringing a stronger Sixties-pop influence, specifically with swirling keyboards with melodies that recall Love and the Dave Clark Five. "Roverfrenz," an airy synth fantasia with Animal Collective-ish percussion, gets by on neato textures instead of sharp tunes. In general, Rewild could use a little more of the latter, but who has time for that when you're knee-deep in giant guitars and weird ambient vocalizations?"

Discography

Albums



EPs

  • Infinite Fucking Cross (2008) (digital only)


Singles

  • "Pump yr Brakes" (2008)
  • "Bayonets" (2009)
  • "Headdress" (2009)
  • "Supreme Being" (2009)


References

  1. [1]
  2. [2]
  3. [3]
  4. [http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/amazingbaby/rewild
  5. Mark Beaumont, Uncut
  6. Julia Yepes, Spin
  7. Kevin O'Donnell, Rolling Stone, Rock & Roll Daily
  8. Christian Hoard, Rolling Stone


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