10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Considering how popular and influential the '80s are to musicians coming of age in the 21st century, it makes sense that Minneapolis’ Suburbs should reunite in 2013 and release their first album of new material in 27 years. The band’s 1984 hit “Love Is the Law” has been an anthem for same-sex marriage proponents who finally saw Minnesota make it legal in May 2013. These positive times for the remaining band members (guitarist Bruce Allen died in 2009) have led to an album that’s as powerful as any The Suburbs made in their prime. A horn section punches up several opening highlights, while Chan Poling and Beej Chaney sing with conviction and style. “Born Under a Good Sign” and “Turn the Radio On” show a positive and spirited sound that’s both reminiscent of the group's early-'80s glory days with just the right touch of modernity. “I Liked It Better When You Loved Me” is a smart, poignant ballad that proves classic songwriting never goes out of style.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Considering how popular and influential the '80s are to musicians coming of age in the 21st century, it makes sense that Minneapolis’ Suburbs should reunite in 2013 and release their first album of new material in 27 years. The band’s 1984 hit “Love Is the Law” has been an anthem for same-sex marriage proponents who finally saw Minnesota make it legal in May 2013. These positive times for the remaining band members (guitarist Bruce Allen died in 2009) have led to an album that’s as powerful as any The Suburbs made in their prime. A horn section punches up several opening highlights, while Chan Poling and Beej Chaney sing with conviction and style. “Born Under a Good Sign” and “Turn the Radio On” show a positive and spirited sound that’s both reminiscent of the group's early-'80s glory days with just the right touch of modernity. “I Liked It Better When You Loved Me” is a smart, poignant ballad that proves classic songwriting never goes out of style.

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