Album Review of Midnight by Stef Chura.

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Midnight by Stef Chura

Release Date: Jun 7, 2019
Record label: Saddle Creek Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock

76 Music Critic Score
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Midnight - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Detroit-based indie rocker Stef Chura debuted her distinctive punk twang on the stressed-out Messes in 2017. Recorded with Fred Thomas, it was culled from about a decade's worth of songs that had yet to make it past the demo stage. Two years later, the follow-up, Midnight, finds Chura working with another champion of intense guitar song, Car Seat Headrest's Will Toledo, who both produced and performs on the album.

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Pitchfork - 76
Based on rating 7.6/10

Sometimes empowerment arrives by way of motivational speeches or transformative adventures, and sometimes it arrives in anger. It did for Stef Chura, the Detroit-based indie rocker funneling passive-aggressiveness into music. "There are some conversations that I need to have that I haven't," she told her local alt-weekly. "Instead, I put them in songs." Whereas her jangly debut full-length, Messes, wrestled with sadness--a close friend had died suddenly, an event that convinced Chura it was time to take the leap into music--its follow-up, Midnight, wrings catharsis from annoyances.

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The 405 - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Take a glance at any of the promotional material for Midnight, Michigan alt-rocker Stef Chura's sophomore release, and you'll see one dominant theme: the involvement of Will Toledo in production and mixing. The prolific songwriter and lead guitarist behind Car Seat Headrest, one of this decade's most critically acclaimed indie rock bands, Toledo's sound is certainly distinctive enough to warrant his own production and mixing credits. Yet, Midnight is billed as even more.

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