A Different Ship - Here We Go Magic
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 90
    Here We Go Magic certainly sound fantastically magical on A Different Ship. It's a definitive kind of feel and one that deserves proper recognition; they've delivered a remarkable album.
  2. May 30, 2012
    90
    Recommended for those who long to hear Radiohead make a post-aughts indie-pop record, A Different Ship is without a doubt one of the most impressive and enjoyable efforts of 2012. [No.87, p.60]
  3. May 18, 2012
    90
    'A Different Ship' is a magnificent return.
  4. May 9, 2012
    90
    The result is a stunning reboot.
  5. May 7, 2012
    90
    With A Different Ship, Here We Go Magic have clearly and undeniably arrived at the port of entry to indie rock's pantheon of top shelf acts – an utterly shattering release that anyone who likes forward-thinking music must have.
  6. May 4, 2012
    90
    A Different Ship might be the sound of a band often cast adrift, but in Godrich there's now a firm hand on the tiller, his steadying influence streamlining their sound and taking them to the next level.
  7. May 11, 2012
    81
    A textbook example of restrained, stylish writing, Here We Go Magic have found their muse: a 40-something producer from England who just knows well enough to get out of the way.
  8. May 8, 2012
    81
    The record is equal parts spontaneity and calculated charm.
  9. Jun 26, 2012
    80
    A record that soothes as often as it unsettles. [Jul 2012, p.88]
  10. Jun 20, 2012
    80
    Another gem. [Jun 2012, p.104]
  11. May 18, 2012
    80
    An unobtrusively profound statement, cradled in soft-focus melancholy, it's a willowy but towering expression of disassociation, and deeply moving.
  12. May 17, 2012
    80
    A real record of substance. Yes, it has the undeniable single; but boy, the nine tracks either side of that are really something.
  13. May 14, 2012
    80
    At times full of nervous vigour, at others letting itself fall blindly backwards into honeyed daydream, A Different Ship has a life and character all of its own.
  14. The Brooklyn-based quintet traverse an unplaceable pop-era on grooves, prog chops and a spellbinding ennui, sounding effortless throughout.
  15. May 3, 2012
    80
    Everything's fuzzy, fractured and out of focus, which makes it all the more mesmerizing. [Jun 2012, p.74]
  16. May 10, 2012
    76
    As in the case of its predecessors, A Different Ship is keen to stow multiple genres.
  17. 75
    Sonically, it's jaw-dropping, particularly on headphones: every cymbal splash and synth squiggle purr up-close and personal. But most of these 10 tracks are so subtle, they might drift past unnoticed if you're not listening hard enough.
  18. 70
    This isn't a new band, just a well-honed new direction.
  19. May 9, 2012
    70
    It isn't particularly new, or a shocking departure from previous sun-dappled full-length Pigeons, but it is an enjoyable, low-key trip through what they create best: an atmosphere of (dare we say it?) pure magic.
  20. May 8, 2012
    70
    A Different Ship is another exciting chapter in the story of a band who continue to improve with every release.
  21. 70
    The album discreetly shows off the band's meticulous virtuosity.
  22. May 4, 2012
    70
    Sharp, disciplined, and seriously compelling.
  23. May 3, 2012
    70
    Like Pigeons before it, A Different Ship is a solid album, but one that still finds Here We Go Magic on the road to perfecting and updating their sound on a full-length album.
  24. While Ship has a few compelling moments, it's mostly lethargic and sinks into its own monotonous haze.
  25. May 10, 2012
    63
    It's an impeccably polished and careful record. But like a shirt buttoned all the way up to the neck, sophistication can wear a guy out.
  26. May 3, 2012
    60
    Here We Go Magic move between more full-on hyperactivity in that vein from songs like "Make Up Your Mind" and "I Believe in Action" to the easier-going grooves of "Alone But Moving," but too often they don't do much with that.
  27. May 8, 2012
    50
    Framing Temple's songs in display-case glass only reveals how little they have going on, and the tidy production saps his band of its best trait: its scrappiness.
  28. May 3, 2012
    50
    With A Different Ship, Here We Go Magic has essentially removed the "psych" from psych-folk and replaced it with monotony.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 10, 2012
    10
    This band just keeps getting better with each record. Nigel Godrich definitely helps capture a bit of their live show on this record. With their self-titled album I absolutely thought this band was going to make 1 decent album and fall off the planet. Oh, how glad I am to be wrong. This album is such a beauty! If you have any interest in this band at all, go see them live and get blown away!

    TLDR; fantastic live band brings A game to the studio.
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