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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Philadelphia noise-pop band was recorded and mixed by Shaun Sutkus.
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  1. Oct 3, 2019
    90
    Equal parts impact and emotion, Active Listening: Night on Earth is a breathless joyride. The nine songs rise and fall in cresting waves of noise, confusion, longing, and abandon for one of the most captivating chapters of punk's continuing evolution.
  2. Oct 3, 2019
    82
    Active Listening: Night on Earth is a both resplendent listen and an acquired taste. Not every listener will take pleasure in the band’s blustery dissonance, but those who do will be rewarded with dense pop riches and deeply poignant, poetic lyrics.
  3. Oct 3, 2019
    80
    Nothing on Active Listening feels quite so urgent or alive as that one gem of a track [“The Eye”], but Empath set themselves a ludicrously high bar. The same destabilizing dopamine rush behind last year’s Liberating Guilt and Fear EP courses through this album.
  4. Oct 3, 2019
    70
    The muddiness of the recording functions as a unifying effect, although sometimes you wish the murk would clear a bit, because the music makes you want to push up front and hear what’s happening.
  5. Nov 4, 2019
    65
    It's a messy, lovely record that should brighten the winter days to come.
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