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Summer Of Fear

Author: Scott McDonald
11/03/2009 | San Diego City Beat | www.sdcitybeat.com | Album Review
Self-loathing, homelessness and drug addiction—Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is under the impression that he invented them all. But it's probably not a good idea to tell him otherwise. The delusion just might be what keeps him going, and for now, it's going quite well.

Having Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor and TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone, respectively, produce his first two records couldn't have hurt. But dollars to doughnuts, Robinson's combo of fucked-up-ness and talent trumps hipster producers every time. What someone should tell the Brooklyn-squatting, sad-sack crooner, however, is that no one is really going to give a shit what impression he's under as long as the music stays solid.

His sophomore effort, Summer of Fear, is even better than his self-titled debut, and that record was pretty damn fine. And while his textured arrangements are drawing comparisons with Arcade Fire, it's all about the man himself. For all the stunners on Fear, if you took the vocal track off "The Sound," it could pass for the shaking hands scene in an '80s after-school special about bullying. The fact that MBAR's presence can save a track like that speaks volumes to how dynamic the 26-year-old really is.
Summer Of Fear

Summer Of Fear

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