A.M. - Magnetic Morning

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. A.M. buzzes and drones, floats and wafts. It’s cloudy skies and open roads. It’s hypnotic and swirly, it’s warm and cosy. It’s static eyeballs and minimal movement. It’s spellbindingly gorgeous.
  2. It's interesting and challenging without being abstruse.
  3. 60
    The results can be ponderous, though Franklin's melodic smarts save things. [Jul 2009, p.93]
  4. Only really worth investigating if you already own everything by the constituents' day-job acts. [Aug 2009, p.109]
  5. A.M. may pick up some takers for fans of both protagonists' main bands but there is little here that will tempt the casual listener.
  6. Perhaps once Magnetic Morning figures out where they want to be, what the listener should expect is something more than a pleasant trip with some great moments, which is what this is now. Maybe they’ll get a record that appeals to all the waking world as well.
  7. There's that unmistakable "side project" air surrounding this record, the sense that this is just an enjoyable way to wile away time during hiatuses in other endeavors.
  8. Unrelentingly maudlin and hell-bent on ramming every potential silence with soporific guitars and proverbially pathetic fallacy, ‘AM’ only perks up on its two covers.
  9. It’s disappointing that a duo this good on paper could be responsible for an album as uninspired as A.M. Even the album’s better songs (the piano-led 'And I Wonder' and the sauntering 'The Wrong Turning') are limp and tedious at best.

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