Arc Iris - Arc Iris
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  • Summary: This is the debut release for the former Low Anthem member Jocie Adams.
  • Record Label: Epitaph
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 90
    Arc Iris is traditional music thrillingly positioned at the nexus of the old and new.
  2. Mar 31, 2014
    80
    This band's disciplined, sensitive unity expresses Adams' fresh, expansive musical vision with elegance and grit, humor and pathos, tenderness and sensuality.
  3. Apr 1, 2014
    80
    Arc Iris puts Adams through the paces, as a composer of mercurial melodies, a nimble singer, and a force to be reckoned with.
  4. 75
    Arc Iris remains, first and foremost, believable, from Adams’ pained whispers to swaggering shouts, every inch of joy and pain palpable and exquisite.
  5. Apr 16, 2014
    70
    While some moments may be a little theatrical, the astounding musicianship and production pulls it back, from the thick woodiness of clarinet and raucous cupped trumpet to the unbelievable percussion and strings.
  6. Mar 31, 2014
    70
    The 11 tracks are in fact roughly split between the folk/country side and the jazz/cabaret side, and this makes for an album that can at times dazzle with its omnivorous verve, but which also has a tendency to become disjointed.
  7. Apr 24, 2014
    60
    Though the band seems to have packed all of its musical interests and abilities into the album’s 11 songs, this is a most likely only a sampling of their capabilities and of the colorful ideas yet to spring from the mind of Jocie Adams.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 8, 2014
    10
    I'm new to MetaCritic. I've been looking for new music by trying out albums that are highly rated by both critics and users (e.g., Salad Days - Mac DeMarco)... ArcIris-ArcIris did not disappoint!! What a great album! Expand
  2. Apr 2, 2014
    10
    This album is awesome for anyone looking for something completely unique. Sometimes, when albums are described this way, they simply sound weird. This is not the case with Arc Iris. It borrows elements from several different genres, such that the finished product is simultaneously beautiful and indescribable. Definitely worth a listen for avid music fans who feel like they've "heard it all." Expand
  3. Apr 4, 2014
    10
    Great album. Better the 2nd and 3rd listen than the first and the 1st was great!! A little of everything with amazingly crisp choice of instruments to compliment phenomenal lyrics!!! Expand
  4. Apr 8, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Definitely check out "Powder Train" (Track 9) and Swimming (track 11). Powder Train is very cleverly written (from the perspective of a man wildly/euphorically justifying his cocaine addiction) - and that trumpet solo is ridiculous! Great album. Expand