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Kids Aflame by ARMS

ARMS

Kids Aflame

Release Date: Oct 27, 2009

Genre(s): Indie, Rock

Record label: Gigantic Music

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Album Review: Kids Aflame by ARMS

Great, Based on 3 Critics

PopMatters - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Arms is Todd Goldstein, guitarist for Brooklyn’s Harlem Shakes. Kids Aflame is his debut album, and it’s a stunning introduction to a truly talented, multi-faceted songwriter. Songs like “Construction” and “Sad, Sad, Sad”, highlight Goldstein as a gifted composer with their depth and complexity, while others like “Tiger Tamer” are straight ahead guitar-driven rockers.

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Prefix Magazine - 80
Based on rating 8.0/10

Arms is the beloved music project of Todd Goldstein, a seasoned musician who is finally getting the attention he deserves. Not always visible but always audible, Goldstein was perhaps best known for his work with the Harlem Shakes (R.I.P.), which split not long after a tour with Passion Pit and the release of its second album, Technicolor Health. The Harlem Shakes’ breakup was a bummer for the music community, but it ended up being a real win for Goldstein.

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Pitchfork - 61
Based on rating 6.1/10

When Harlem Shakes called it quits earlier this year, it was less than six months after they had released their debut LP, Technicolor Health. Disappointing to see such a nice-guy band halt like that, but Kids Aflame, the first album from Harlem Shakes guitarist Todd Goldstein, shows that he, at least, has a lot left in him. Goldstein's solo project ARMS actually predates Harlem Shakes.

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