Albatross - The Standard
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 80
    Putnam lays fragile vocals and haunting piano melodies over tightly wound postpunk rhythms that add immediacy to lyrics about missed opportunities and broken relationships. [Dec 2005, p.151]
  2. Consistently brilliant. [Dec 2005, p.121]
  3. Albatross is a slow bloom of an album, as likely to frustrate those looking for immediacy as it is to reward those looking for substance in repeated listens.
  4. 80
    In its ornately layered, keyboard-heavy sonics, ALbatross is more latter-day Talk Talk than early Gang Of Four. [#70, p.110]
  5. You'd think there wasn't much left to do with the roots-oriented rock formula, but Albatross proves that there's plenty of life and passion and intelligence left in the genre.
  6. A record of imposing and frequent beauty, Albatross never crosses the line into grandiose bombast.
  7. The instrumentation often adds up to thrilling effect. [#11, p.116]
  8. Albatross can sometimes be too insular for its own good.
  9. Unfortunately, the lengthy center of this record is a brick of brooding, mid-tempo dullness.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. SchriisK
    Jun 28, 2007
    10
    Great! But i like also wire post to wire! The standard is such a good band!
  2. PaulM
    Jan 23, 2006
    10
    It's probably one of the most overlooked records that came out last year. Sweeping sonic landscapes: heavily textured guitar, driving It's probably one of the most overlooked records that came out last year. Sweeping sonic landscapes: heavily textured guitar, driving bass/drums, and melodic piano riffs make this record more rewarding with each listen. The lyrics are very poetic, and the vocals, with their bruised and plaintive quality, drive the often disturbing imagery home. Full Review »
  3. johns
    Dec 17, 2005
    10
    its not the first time you listen to it that gets you,, its like a cat and you have to work for its love but once you have it it does not go its not the first time you listen to it that gets you,, its like a cat and you have to work for its love but once you have it it does not go away.. .. get all their cds , shut of your brain and start the movie in your head .. it works like a clock!!!!!! Full Review »