Apparitions

  • Record Label: Carpark
  • Release Date: Jun 8, 2010
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Apparitions is merely a debut album from a young band who know their way around electronics and textures a hell of a lot better than most other young bands. And although at times it seems like they're copying right off of Merriwether Post Pavilion's paper, they muster just enough creative vision to avoid lawsuit-level infringement.
  2. Their careers adviser-flouting debut is in the mould of the greats rather than carving a new sound.
  3. Occasionally, the band misses its target. "Fever Dreams" is danceable and slick, and "Drunk Kids" sounds a bit too much like it's sung by one of the kids the title references. However, all in all, Apparitions is an ambitious and satisfying debut.
  4. Nearly the entirety of Apparitions feels covered by some haze that's equal parts car exhaust and glitter.
  5. Too often songs come across as a pastiche of the Atlanta group, with none of the splashes of colour, none of the real sense of building atmosphere.
  6. The record can at times feel static and repetitious, revisiting the same structural devices numerous times and using a lot of the same timbres and ambient sounds on every track.

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