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Reviewed by Austin Powell, August 12, 2011, Music

The Calm Blue Sea

(Modern Outsider)

The Calm Blue Sea operates under the same Friday Night Lights mantra as Explosions in the Sky: clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. The local instrumentalists bring more to the quiet-loud equation with rich piano melodies and occasional vocals, as in LP anchor "Literal." This vinyl reissue of the quartet's 2008 debut boasts two additional tracks of epic expanse, the shimmering "Fire" and episodic narrative "Man of Dangerous Dreams." ***

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