Amoral

Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. 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.
  2. Uncut
    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]
  3. 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.
  4. Nov 15, 2010
    60
    Amoral or not, this album serves as a reminder that the superficial can still sound pretty super.
  5. Nov 5, 2010
    60
    Violens have achieved their sound and successfully executed their technique, but are still wanting for purpose.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Nov 5, 2010
    50
    Ultimately, it's the stuff of a common nightmare--creepily thrilling, but not worth reliving.

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