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Porches - "Hour" (Singles Going Steady)

Hope you love your spot on the Urban Outfitters playlist for the next six months.

Dustin Ragucos: It's strange to say, but introducing a track in a fashion akin to an assembly line kind of turns me on -- if the song doesn't mechanically tread with that riffing for its entire runtime, that is. And tread it doesn't. It also fails to capture a spark of interest apart from its beginning. "Hour" is mediocre at its worst moments and barely fair in its best harmonies. [5/10]

Kevin Korber: I was ready to like this; that synth-driven intro is sweet. Then the singer had to open his mouth and start whining. Because we didn’t enough indie pop with flat vocals polluting the world already. Hope you love your spot on the Urban Outfitters playlist for the next six months. [3/10]

The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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