Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Jul 25, 2012
    70
    Strange, hypnotic and utterly transcendental.... Om's teachings have always been less about finding a goal than the overwhelming richness of the journey, and, with Advaitic Songs that journey is more glorious and all-consuming than ever before.
  2. Jul 27, 2012
    86
    Om certainly absorb religious images from every corner of the Old World with a certain reckless abandon, but despite a wandering path that would find most lost in appropriative disrespect, it all seems to melt effortlessly together into the band's unique tapestry of the void.
  3. 80
    OM delivers transcendental moments on Advaitic Songs, entrancing washes of mystic depth.
  4. Jul 20, 2012
    80
    Advaitic Songs shares a lot of the same strengths as the recent output by Earth--every listen unfolds another texture, another line gets embedded in the brain.
  5. Jul 19, 2012
    80
    With piano, female vocals, strings and extra percussion, this is the fullest, most expansive Om album to date.
  6. Aug 15, 2012
    80
    Their best album to date, Advaitic Songs shows OM moving into modernity and relying less on tribalistic rhythms, but the sense of calmness will always be their signature.
  7. Aug 13, 2012
    60
    Somewhat surprisingly, it lacks some of the droning, distorted fuzz of yore. [21 Jul 2012, p.53]
  8. Jul 20, 2012
    70
    Adviatic Songs shows the band musically reaching for extremely mystical heights. [No.89, p.57]
  9. Jul 19, 2012
    80
    Despite all the mysticism, religion, tradition and history tied up in Advaitic Songs, this is a surprisingly accessible album, and one that finds OM at their best
  10. 70
    Brain-rinsingly psychedelic without needing to tell you about it, they deserve to sit at the table with Current 93 and post-Syd/pre-stadium Pink Floyd.
  11. Jul 24, 2012
    70
    Next to the realized space of OM's previous albums, which has always contributed greatly to the spiritual and meditative focus they convey, Advaitic Songs sounds flat, a detriment to the album which might otherwise be, next to their grandest, OM's most accomplished.
  12. Jul 27, 2012
    52
    The paradox about them is this: With two people, Om sounded expansive; with more, they sound comparatively weak. The music is unmistakably theirs, but the intensity of it feels lost in the arrangements.
  13. Aug 24, 2012
    80
    Advaitic Songs is Om 2.0's second full-length album, and it is far and away the most entrancing document the band has released.
  14. Jul 30, 2012
    90
    With its obtuse rhythm and the inevitably impenetrable lyrics, Om offer their own truth, one with many questions and answers.
  15. Aug 2, 2012
    70
    Advaitic Songs doesn't feature one of the lengthy, insistent, sense-dissolving tracks they usually supply. Instead the tracks feel restrained and poetic, but not always very substantial. A pity, but at the same time, Advaitic Songs does reward multiple listens. It's a subtle and meaningful album.
  16. Jul 24, 2012
    60
    Despite the lack of actual bass frequencies on Advaitic Songs, Om frequently sound weighed down which isn't the same thing as sounding heavy. [Jul 2012, p.61]
  17. Jul 19, 2012
    30
    Their ragtag religious signifiers, stretching from the Mediterranean to Bengal, feel like gap year blog entries, and Cisneros' wizened sage delivery is ludicrous. [Aug 2012, p.77]

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