Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Pinback don't disappoint with their fourth record, Autumn of the Seraphs.
  2. Yet good songs alone do not a spectacular album make. Autumn of the Seraphs shows no major songwriting leaps at all, but it’s still a fine indie-rock LP.
  3. If there's a gripe to be had with them, it's that a surface listen reveals a whole lot of lovely tones and not much else, and Autumn of the Seraphs is just as uniformly gorgeous and tasteful as any Pinback record.
  4. 80
    Autumn of the Seraphs is some of their punchiest work, packed with euphoric melodies, wry lyricism and subtly enhanced grooves. [Oct 2007, p.99]
  5. The band has crafted yet another delicate indie-pop bauble. Finely spun as it is, there's a hint of sinew.
  6. A tremendously melodic and catchy sensibility. [Summer 2007, p.76]
  7. 60
    Too many perfectly good songs that never quite approach greatness. [Oct 2007, p.108]
  8. Whereas the band's 2004 long-player was a studied exercise in melancholic understatement, melded to some mightily addictive pop hooks, this ten-tracker is an immediately gratifying affair that pulls not a single punch in the catchiness stakes.
  9. Autumn represents Pinback's strongest album to date. [Oct 2007, p.162]
  10. One can’t declare Autumn of the Seraphs, Pinback’s fourth full-length, any better than their first, second, or third album.
  11. It is a snapshot of Pinback at its most practiced and self-aware: fluid, calculated, penetrating, yet always at the fringe of its former incarnation.
  12. The rest of Autumn Of The Seraphs sounds a bit more meticulous, though it's self-assured in its footing.
  13. The album is frontloaded with its best numbers, and they seem to descend in quality as the album progresses.
  14. Several songs near the end go on too long, content to just keep repeating riffs over and over. Still, when Autumn is on point, it offers some of Pinback's best tunes yet.
  15. There’s usually more than meets the ear about their aural illusions, and they’ve gotten more overt about sticking in some genuine pop missives into their lattices of clean guitars and metronomic drums.
  16. 80
    For the first time, they’ve refined that obsession into something listeners can sink their teeth into.
  17. This album is not only the band’s most solid and consummate release to date, not merely one of the most veritable albums 2007 has delivered to us--but also, truly, one of the top albums in the past five years of indie rock history.
  18. Opener 'From Nothing to Nowhere' also makes the case that Pinback's ready for some new fans: It's fast and furious, nicely setting a tempo that suggests they're not fucking around while conveying a (much-needed) immediacy through Rob Crow's voice.
  19. Autumn Of The Seraphs is more of the same I have come to expect from Pinback--lovely harmonies and catchy hooks, all with an underlying emotional depth.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. BenM
    Oct 30, 2007
    3
    I've liked some older Pinback tracks quite a lot, but I really can't find anything to like there. It's all so noodly, and smooth - even when they try to turn up the rock a little bit, it all sounds the same to me. Full Review »
  2. BrianG
    Oct 18, 2007
    8
    While not the best Pinback album, Autumns of the Seraphs is a better than average pop record by 2 extraordinary musicians. It has such a positive, So-Cal vibe you can't help but tap your toe! Good to Sea is the stand out track on the album. Full Review »
  3. Jo
    Oct 8, 2007
    6
    Pretty ok, and although this is a more varied album of Pinback their formula is still too omni-present. Some very good tracks (Walters lyrically and musically being my favourite) but not as good as Blue Screen Life or This is a Pinback CD. Full Review »