Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Delicate string arrangements married with subtle synths highlight Arnalds' trademark piano sound with meticulous studio work revealing the familiar spacious high-skied landscapes of Sigur Ros (with whom he's toured).
  2. There are definite hints and sparks of something fascinating here, a potential for something great to eventually emerge. But too often ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness relies on a starkness and simplicity that the unadventurous, sentimental chords are too slight and cliche to support.
  3. Any of these tracks taken individually could inspire the grand emotions Arnalds is striving for. Received in a such a tiring bundle, however, the chilly beauty loses a great deal of its luster.

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