AGE - The Hidden Cameras
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  • Summary: The sixth studio release for the Canadian indie pop collective led by Joel Gibb is its first in five years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 21, 2014
    80
    Like any growth spurt, Age contains the obligatory awkward phases, like the reggae-inflected Afterparty. But the Hidden Cameras have always taken risks, and this time the payoffs are much bigger.
  2. Jan 21, 2014
    70
    The record is much more interested in problems than problem-solving, and that's what marks its maturity.
  3. Jan 21, 2014
    70
    Accomplished and polished, if a little slight compared to its predecessors, AGE doesn't quite equal the consistency of The Smell Of Our Own or Awoo but is, nonetheless, a welcome return for one of this century's finest songwriting collectives.
  4. 70
    Mournful, moving and minor key, Age suggests The Hidden Cameras’ defiant sexual politics are still vital.
  5. Jan 27, 2014
    70
    Gibb continues his experimental combinations of genres and sounds while ambitiously weaving them into an album with a story about growing up, resulting in something flawed yet consistently captivating.
  6. Jan 21, 2014
    60
    When it works, it feels lived-in, loved, and just occasionally lurid enough to satisfy the fans who hold "Golden Streams" as the litmus test by which all Hidden Cameras songs must be judged, but tracks like the slight, early Depeche Mode-throwback "Carpe Jugular," and the seemingly endless, dub-kissed "Afterparty" feel like they were tossed in to make what would have been a solid EP into a filler-laden long-player.
  7. Jan 27, 2014
    40
    Age has its promising moments, but it overall fails to hit the mark. Gibb’s songwriting this time around just doesn't match the range and energy of his previous works.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 31, 2014
    9
    Always in flux, constantly challenging themselves, but always staying true to their roots, The Hidden Cameras' newest release shows us a slightly darker and more serious side of the band. AGE is the first great album of 2014. Expand
  2. Jan 23, 2014
    6
    None of the songs are bad, and several are pretty catchy. It is better than the records of many indie-pop bands out there. Not really an album to listen to over again, but I will probably listen to one or two of the songs again. Expand