Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Magnet
    Mar 16, 2012
    60
    Asleep and a Forgetting is [mellifluous], only crankier and somehow more personal than anything previous, soaked in the moody nuances of laughter and forgetting, memory and momentary lapses of such. [No. 85, p.55]
  2. Feb 21, 2012
    60
    It gets a bit boring, a bit sleepy, and altogether, it's a bit forgettable.... But, you know? It sounds good doing it. That has to count for something.
  3. Feb 16, 2012
    60
    It might be an imperfect stepping stone, but the staircase he's climbing here shows great promise.
  4. Alternative Press
    Feb 13, 2012
    60
    There's enough classic songcraft here to ensure Forgetting isn't forgotten. [Mar 2012, p.97]
  5. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    It's not a bad album by any stretch of the imagination. But it also feels (not necessarily is) like someone forcing a turn in their art instead of allowing it to naturally come out of them.
  6. Under The Radar
    Mar 21, 2012
    50
    [Fans] will undoubtedly identify those elements that make the band special on this fourth album, though the intensely personal nature of Thorburn's songs and his vocals tend to make this seem at times more like a solo effort. [Mar 2012, p.84]
  7. Feb 13, 2012
    50
    This is mildly composed, generally genial pop, with a few good hooks and ideas scattered throughout.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Apr 26, 2012
    6
    The fourth LP of Canadian indie rock Islands group has kept a lethargic mood which can clearly indicate the evocative name of album. We haveThe fourth LP of Canadian indie rock Islands group has kept a lethargic mood which can clearly indicate the evocative name of album. We have here a typical acoustic playing: "Oh Mary" or "Do I Love You" assisted with accents of electric guitars and gentle synthesizers. We'll also find little blues "No Crying" or reminiscent of indie rock ballad - "Cold Again", which does not mean that there wasn't more energetic compositions such as the Beatles styled "Never Go Solo" or "Hallways". Full Review »