Amoral - Violens
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Nov 30, 2010
    80
    This is the first proper full-length from the band, after a few other offerings -an EP, a few odd singles, a march-happy runway score -and three songs in is about where the realization sets in that Violens have finally offered up that worthy successor to that previous work with that other band (you know, the one they're tired of seeing mentioned in reviews).
  2. Nov 9, 2010
    80
    The New Yorkers' debut is retro but refreshing. [Dec. 2010, p. 106]
  3. Jan 18, 2011
    74
    Factor in fearlessly slick production and attitude and Violens have managed to create the ultimate gorge-fest. Loosen your belt and dig in.
  4. Nov 29, 2010
    74
    For something drawn from so many obvious sources, Amoral is refreshingly original.
  5. Nov 5, 2010
    67
    While Violens may know their sonic touchstones inside and out, they're better sticking to the haircut-obsessed sounds showcased on Amoral's standouts.
  6. 60
    There are some great moments in New Wave revisionism. But, in the end, it isn't all that memorable, just something fun to toss on every once in a while.
  7. Nov 17, 2010
    60
    Sinister lyrics flit by almost unnoticed across the music's glistening sheen as Elbrecht hides in plain sight--an impressive conjuring trick that may nevertheless leave you a little cold. [Dec 2010, p.110]
  8. Nov 16, 2010
    60
    While Violens draw from strong influences, they capture their potency only fleetingly. Amoral is a worthwhile listen, with stand out tracks that hold much promise. As yet, though, there's too much that leaves you, like that promise, unfulfilled.
  9. Nov 15, 2010
    60
    Amoral or not, this album serves as a reminder that the superficial can still sound pretty super.
  10. Nov 5, 2010
    60
    Amoral proves that Violens will stand proud knowing they can give a name to their organized mess, even if they don't know what it is yet.
  11. Nov 5, 2010
    60
    Violens have achieved their sound and successfully executed their technique, but are still wanting for purpose.
  12. Nov 5, 2010
    60
    Amoral proves that Violens will stand proud knowing they can give a name to their organized mess, even if they don't know what it is yet.
  13. Jan 6, 2011
    50
    Some bands, indeed many of those mentioned in this review, can combine the two [writing pop songs or experimental soundscapes] with panache, but until Violens learn to do one or the other with confidence, the results will always be as scatterbrained and self-indulgent as Amoral.
  14. Nov 5, 2010
    50
    Ultimately, it's the stuff of a common nightmare--creepily thrilling, but not worth reliving.

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