Axes

  • Record Label: Too Pure
  • Release Date: May 10, 2005
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Urb
    80
    The songs heave with shockingly real energy. [May 2005, p.85]
  2. Every track on Axes offers something exciting for those who care to listen.
  3. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    Electrelane could do with tightening their concentration spans, but everything else is just fine and dandy thank you. [7 May 2005, p.66]
  4. The Wire
    80
    It's clear... that the quartet... are growing in confidence and ideas. [#256, p.54]
  5. While it feels like they're still finding their way and discovering what they're capable of, it's clear there's potential for greatness and longevity.
  6. Axes works as an hour-long piece of tension, dread, and release, with little room for interpretation, demanding to be listened to as a whole.
  7. I’ll always give credit for trying something new, but I’d expect a bit more from Electrelane after the strength of their prior album.
  8. The band’s ability to sound unforced, unpretentious, unusual, and most importantly, real, is a breath of fresh air.
  9. The results might be a little thin on actual "essential" moments, but they're working in the right direction.
  10. Under The Radar
    70
    Fans of The Power Out are thrown enough of a bone with Axes to stick with Electrelane for another album, but let's hope that the former is not ultimately the anomaly. [#9]
  11. Sometimes their creativity leads them astray into territory that should best be kept in the art room, but otherwise Axes is a delicious listen.
  12. There are too many stumbles and missed opportunities to consider the album anything but disappointing.
  13. Blender
    70
    The band sometimes flails ineffectually, but more often it stays streamlined and urgent. [Jun 2005, p.109]
  14. Mojo
    70
    Courageous eccentricity it is, then. [Jun 2005, p.106]
  15. Axes isn't the stylistic leap forward that many might have expected after The Power Out. But what the album may lack diversity, it makes up for with surprising intensity and precision.
  16. The New York Times
    70
    Take a riff, expand it into a chord or two, repeat and crescendo and speed up until the big drone is everywhere. It's a simple strategy, but it still works for Electrelane. [10 Jul 2005]
  17. Magnet
    70
    Axes comes off as a spikier, more experimental Stereolab or a more adept Raincoats. [#68, p.91]
  18. Axes feels of a loose, extensive jam session that still explores the darker corners of chamber pop-punk, but with an arresting experimental edge.
  19. Axes... has three distinct sections. The first is quite inspired, the second is mostly interminable, and the third is just inventive enough to rescue the whole venture.
  20. While there's some fresh experimenting and choral loveliness, it sounds formulaic and tired by Electrelane's standards.
  21. Uncut
    40
    Amounts to a consolidation rather than a progression. [Jun 2005, p.97]
  22. Q Magazine
    40
    There's little here that lingers. [Jun 2005, p.111]
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Josie-AnneH
    Dec 13, 2005
    10
    You won't be able to listen to anything else for months!
  2. thomasc
    Jul 29, 2005
    8
    possibly their best album - exceptional post-punk
  3. RayD
    Jun 2, 2005
    9
    After Electrelane's last record, I can see how someone might be initially disappointed in Axes. This is an album of moments rather than After Electrelane's last record, I can see how someone might be initially disappointed in Axes. This is an album of moments rather than songs - a good chunk of the songs are instrumental - and as such it isn't going to appeal to a casual listener. But those that give it time and let it sink in will find that it not only tops most of The Power Out, it could go head to head with the best music released this year. I can't explain the lukewarm critical reception of this record, except that maybe Electrelane is a band that will be remembered by history, if not appreciated in their time. Full Review »