Birthmarks - YEP ROC
FILTER Grade: 79%
By Daniel Kohn on April 23, 2013
Three years removed from their last record, Birthmarks is a major step forward for Born Ruffians. Sharp songwriting benefits the Canadian quartet as they seamlessly transition between different styles, while adding brighter vocal melodies to fill out their sound. Whether it’s the feel-good indie-pop of “Needle,” the intricate melodies in “Permanent Hesitation” or the fuzzy synths on “Rage Flows,” the album is their most complete work to date.