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Always, Sometimes, Seldom, Never

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Happiness (Part One)
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How Will the Others Survive?
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Beautiful Stranger
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Fall Into Light
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The Weight of Love
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World Upside Down
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Waiting for the End
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Mind the Wires
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Run Run Run
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Send Me Back
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Happiness (Part Two)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 43:07

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Best 2008 shoegaze

lemoneyes

For me Tears Run Rings is the Asobi Seksu of this year. It's the best new shoegaze album I've heard these past months. Tears Run Rings features ex-members of The Autocollants, Laura Watling and the owners of Shelflife Records. They are giving a pop feeling to their shoegaze music. "Beautiful stranger" is my favorite song on this highly recommended album.

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Crushing

lonelyisaneysore

Tears Run Rings debut LP is stunning. A must download if you enjoy all of the new shoegaze around at the moment. I can already say this will be one of the best of the year. Great live act as well.

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Although it seems weird to consider the term, Always, Sometimes, Seldom, Never is pure “retro”-shoegaze. Come again? Isn’t the genre too recent for such terminology? It’s shocking to note that 2008 was the 20th anniversary of My Bloody Valentine’s jumpstarting Isn’t Anything (although, as ever, there were multiple antecedents, like Cocteau Twins). So, odd as it seems, this painstaking reconstruction is as aged as a slavish ’77-style punk group in 1997. The difference is that shoegaze’s cognoscenti hipness lasted five short years, and there’s only been tiny cult pockets of approbation since. Too, the endlessly expansive possibilities of modern neo-psychedelia (a scratch definition) have proved more infinite for dreampop than any-monkey-can punk. So Tears Run Rings may be a dead ringer for Slowdive, right down to their torrents of cascading, distorted, and delayed guitars and ubiquitous male-female cooing, with slight seasongings of Moose, Chapterhouse, and Kitchens of Distinction. Yet, however unoriginal, TRR verge on the precipitous extraterrestrial heights of “Slowdive,” “Morningrise,” “Catch the Breeze,” and “Spanish Air.” You’d never know this quintet was filesharing, trading tracks from scattered domiciles in L.A., Portland, and Seattle. It sure doesn’t sound mailed; it sounds nailed, in shimmer guitars from heaven, and melodies from childhood lullabies. You, shoegaze fan? You live for this, still, even 20 years on. – Jack Rabid

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