Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Nov 18, 2011
    90
    The ten songs here are a euphoric whirl of church choirs, lushly layered cymbals, poppy clap tracks, and heady psych rock, evoking peers like Tough Alliance and Tanlines.
  2. If you give the album the chance it deserves you will be rewarded by one of the strongest LPs you are likely to hear this year.
  3. Nov 23, 2011
    80
    You may categorize An Album By Korallreven as background music. That's by no means a bad thing-if anything, such a distinction solidifies this album as an intense experience: a wintry escape to the wilderness with a slight detour to the dance floor along the way.
  4. Nov 18, 2011
    80
    Taken as pieces or as a whole, the album is easily the equal of anything their contemporaries have released and an exhilaratingly chilled-out listen from start to finish that will warm up even the longest winter night.
  5. Nov 23, 2011
    78
    The dream-pop duo layers together featherweight electronics, '80s beats and island attitude-stirring them into a frothy blend indebted to both The Tough Alliance's harmonies and Air France's hazy atmospherics.
  6. Nov 18, 2011
    75
    It's an album of quiet excellence, one that aims to soundtrack your most idle thoughts while romantically demanding your attention.
  7. Nov 18, 2011
    75
    Their stuttering, airy synths would serve as an appropriate soundtrack to a nightclub in Heaven.
  8. Nov 28, 2011
    70
    An Album assembles all the loose threads from previous bursts of inspiration to sequence a scenic panorama to get lost into.
  9. Nov 18, 2011
    70
    Like many of the instrumentals on this record, a New Age gauze covers most of these productions. It may not be every listener's particular cup of tea, but An Album is a dazzling song suite for an autumnal release.
  10. Nov 21, 2011
    65
    As mesmerizingly Zen as Korallreven's dreamy, glazed gaze is, it's hard not to long for the band to shake itself free of its googly-eyed trance, if only for a moment or two. [#82, p.57]
  11. Nov 21, 2011
    60
    Like a postcard, the record gives a lot of space over to painting a beautiful picture but doesn't leave much room for sending the message.
  12. Jan 19, 2012
    50
    The album is at best ignorable and at worst irritatingly tranquilizing. [#39, p. 71]
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  1. Dec 1, 2011
    9
    I have just been listening to this album, and it's truly breathtaking. It's like being on an island somewhere in space, with colors so lush but so electronically icy and ambient. Songs like "Sa Sa Samoa" and "Pago Pago" evoke a type of spiritual music that I have never felt before. It's beautiful and inspiring, all music goers should listen to this album and enjoy the exotic vacation brought forth by Korallreven's talented musicians. Full Review »