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  • Summary: Life at an all-boys school is the theme behind the fourth release for the indie rock band led by John Orth.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Feb 13, 2013
    80
    Ostensibly a song-cycle about prep school kids spread over an 11 tracks, the close quarters become the sites of devotion, betrayal, communion (or near-communion), and abject loneliness. But relating to that isn't required to enjoy this rich recording.
  2. Jan 17, 2013
    70
    The themes are vague enough that they could be applied to any number of relationships or situations, and far more captivating are the arrangements and dynamic shifts in orchestrations that make up the cyclical nature of the album.
  3. Jan 17, 2013
    70
    Academy is an ambitious album. Unfortunately, it lacks in the final burst of tenacity needed to alleviate the aural blue balls it conjures.
  4. Jan 17, 2013
    60
    Orth starts off with a very promising narrative, but soon loses the listener, and himself, in the world he's created.
  5. Feb 6, 2013
    60
    The crystalline vocals hint at either uplifting profundity or overblown pomposity--it's hard to say which. [Mar 2013, p.98]
  6. Jan 18, 2013
    60
    This all adds up to an ambitious record, the most thematically ambitious of Holopaw's discography, but it's a set that can't quite live up to those lofty goals.
  7. Feb 25, 2013
    50
    After the sparse and pretty "Bedfellows Farewell," which offers a tender counterpoint to virtually every other song on the album, Academy quickly loses steam.

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