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  • Record Label: Rykodisc
  • Release Date: Apr 25, 2006
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4

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  1. Brendan
    Jun 8, 2006
    4
    Some intriguing tracks abound, but Elf Power has lost their way. Like fellow Athenians R.E.M., pretentious experimentation and vain attempts to incorporate Beatlesque instrumentation to their basic power-pop sound has taken the place of writing the catchy-as-hell melodies heard on masterpieces like "Walking With the Beggar Boys," the group's best record. This is one of the biggest Some intriguing tracks abound, but Elf Power has lost their way. Like fellow Athenians R.E.M., pretentious experimentation and vain attempts to incorporate Beatlesque instrumentation to their basic power-pop sound has taken the place of writing the catchy-as-hell melodies heard on masterpieces like "Walking With the Beggar Boys," the group's best record. This is one of the biggest disappointments so far this year. Collapse
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Though some Elf Power fans may be satisfied with the few songs that are reminiscent of the band's previous records ("The World Is Waiting," "23rd Dream") and the abstract, occasionally prog-like references to masters and kings, others may be disappointed, or at least confused, by the focus on experimenting with dark, Middle Eastern-inspired drones mixed with Western pop/folk sensibilities.
  2. Alternative Press
    70
    An intriguing album. [Jun 2006, p.178]
  3. It is all too easily consigned to background music if you stop paying attention.