Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Dec 13, 2010
    60
    Perhaps they're learning that keeping things pared down to three minutes as opposed to eight might just mean their next effort is a classic. For now, the blueprint is there. It's just a case of tinkering with the numbers.
  2. A likeable fusion though it is, there's none of the innovation of the much groovier The XX, nor are there the soaring peaks and chilly troughs, bonkers FX or even the gauche emotion that propels most dance music.
  3. 60
    There are flashes of brilliance here, but you do long for a wink or a flicker of wit. [Feb 2010, p.88]
  4. Though the album gets too repetitive, the uniformity of Acolyte still serves the band's purpose: Make the floor move.
  5. It's just that it feels so characterless and anonymous.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 7, 2011
    5
    I bought the album after hearing the singles. Looking forward to hear it, I was a tad disappointed. The songs are all pretty similar. They'reI bought the album after hearing the singles. Looking forward to hear it, I was a tad disappointed. The songs are all pretty similar. They're all executed professionally and are at a high standard but sometimes it is just like listening to a 45 minute song. Full Review »
  2. Sep 4, 2010
    7
    Room for improvement, but a modern-day Depeche Mode could be in the works here.
    My picks for the album are 'Clarion Call', 'Halcyon',
    Room for improvement, but a modern-day Depeche Mode could be in the works here.
    My picks for the album are 'Clarion Call', 'Halcyon', 'Counterpoint' and 'Red Lights'.
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  3. MarkB.
    Jan 26, 2010
    7
    Acolyte is a good album with plenty to get excited about. Opening track of Clarion Call is energetic and with the album featuring fan Acolyte is a good album with plenty to get excited about. Opening track of Clarion Call is energetic and with the album featuring fan favourites such as Counterpoint and Doubt; They wont be disappointed with the album! A few other stand out tracks are Halcyon and Submission. Acolyte may not grab you on your first listen but after a few times you will enjoy. A solid debut album. Full Review »