Algiers - Calexico
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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10

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  1. Jan 21, 2013
    9
    On first listen, I thought that this was "just another Calexico album". I enjoy them but have never been sucked in before. But this album really does grow on you, and good lord is it beautiful. These melodies will haunt your thoughts, and every listen is an intimate experience.
  2. Oct 13, 2012
    7
    This album is less coherent/ consistent than some of their earlier albums. Maybe it has to do with other projects and they couldn't concentrate on a complete album. In general the songs OK but there are a few which surpass others. I particularly like the number 'Hush' because there's a certain tension in it. The title track is also nice however it is not their best Instrumental.
  3. Jun 1, 2013
    8
    Calexico return with a mix of old and new on their seventh album ‘Algiers’. Never afraid to blend styles it fair to say that the Calexico sound is one that is quite recognisable, often sung in different languages and blending folk rock with mariachi horns. Well that is still present here like the Spanish sung ‘No Te Vayas’ but they have once again branched out like the bluesy ‘Sinner in the Sea’ or the sharp strings on ‘Better and Better’. ‘Maybe on Monday’ probably wouldn’t sound out of place on an album by Travis, it’s a catchy love song built around rhythmic drums and a hushed vocal, but overall the album reminds me of Wilco around the time of ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ or ‘A Ghost is Born’ just great song writing peppered with slight experimentation. Musically strong across the twelve tracks on offer this should satisfy fans while hopefully giving them the wider appreciation they deserve. Expand
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Oct 1, 2012
    50
    Algiers appears designed not to define, defy, offend and - most heinously- explore. [No.91, p.53]
  2. Sep 28, 2012
    80
    Algiers is immense, genuine, and, at times, heartbreakingly beautiful.
  3. Sep 28, 2012
    80
    It is full of unusual clarity and purpose and seems to have benefited from a certain amount of restraint.