Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    This is a worthy follow-up to its predecessor and, for all of its melodic sheen, darker and moodier.
  2. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    This is an accomplished and valiant album, a more-than-worthy heir to its sensational predecessor.
  3. Feb 14, 2012
    79
    This version of Earth has simply given Carlson more room and more assistance to explore, well, darkness and light--in his own time, of course.
  4. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    It does feel [like] a somewhat softer collection than its predecessor. [Feb 2012, p.84]
  5. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light, Vol. 2 is a looser affair, showcasing Carlson's improvisational chemistry with long-term percussionist Adrienne Davies, bass player Karl Blau and cellist Lori Goldston. [Mar 2012, p.102]
  6. Feb 14, 2012
    75
    At its best, Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II shimmers and mesmerizes like a mirage; but like a mirage, it also quenches less than it should.
  7. Mar 21, 2012
    60
    Earth are masters of this weird genre they've slowly, deliberately carved themselves. [Mar 2012, p.83]
  8. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    For now, this is a hypnotic, well executed, if not altogether thrilling collection.
  9. Feb 13, 2012
    90
    Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II represents not only the most overt and successful attempt to capture the patience, subtlety and fluidity of Earth's talented cast, but also the most accurate document of their patient, stoical and determinedly psychedelic ethos.
  10. Feb 13, 2012
    100
    This is easily the equal of, if not superior to, its illustrious companion.
  11. 80
    It's incredibly beautiful and soothing--perfect music for laid-back late-night hours.
  12. Feb 29, 2012
    100
    Traceable by touch, cogent in dreams, the fibers of its text bear the weight of a psychedelic meisterwerk.
  13. Feb 28, 2012
    75
    Instead of it being just another Earth 2.0 album though, the completed Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light is a successful experiment in sounding absolutely huge while doing so little, and the confirming masterstroke of Carlson's new direction.
  14. Apr 26, 2012
    80
    An enjoyable, at times provocative companion piece, this one's a satisfying musical bath.
  15. May 9, 2012
    80
    It's better to simply view this opus as a beautifully deconstructed blues that's equally effective as a paean to careworn Americana or as a sparsely-drawn exercise in restraint, meditation and composure.
  16. Mar 5, 2012
    100
    Overall, this album contains some of the most original and hypnotically brilliant rock music ever recorded.
  17. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    It feels more that Earth have given us time to absorb what may come to be seen, in retrospect, as something of a magnum opus.
  18. All that need really be said is that it is sublime; both in terms of execution and aesthetics.
  19. Mar 12, 2012
    80
    This is sparse, atmospheric and utterly compelling. [19 Feb 2012, p.51]
  20. Feb 27, 2012
    90
    It is certainly every bit its predecessor, but through a more meditative, contemplative use of elements it is even better.

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