Bardo Pond

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. The Wire
    Mar 1, 2011
    80
    The warm campfire feel to much of Bardo Pond indicates just how much the likes of MV&EE owes this outfit, but MV&EE seldom sound this convincingly elsewhere. [Dec 2010, p.58]
  2. Feb 7, 2011
    80
    Bardo Pond's self-titled is a massive, monumental piece of work, proving once again that this long-running outfit can still crank the heavy, mind-numbing psych that it's always been known for.
  3. Feb 7, 2011
    80
    In no way throwaway, this is a trip.
  4. Feb 7, 2011
    75
    Slightly shaggier and more ragged than its predecessor, 2006's Ticket Crystals, Bardo Pond sounds like the group is practically devouring its microphones as it records.
  5. Feb 7, 2011
    70
    It's hard to fathom how Bardo Pond have made their life-in-a-lava-lamp jams for the best part of 20 years with--we're assuming--their marbles still intact, but here they are, bubbling away with no sign of letting the quality dip.
  6. Feb 7, 2011
    70
    This album does nothing to disrupt their two-decade streak of psychedelic, cosmic, post-rock transcendence.
  7. Feb 7, 2011
    65
    So if the sprawling, all-bases-loaded Bardo Pond isn't the band's best LP, it might be their most representative: both the tiresome excess and the lung-blackening reward.
  8. Q Magazine
    Mar 1, 2011
    60
    Their eighth album is no departure. [Jan 2011, p.135]
  9. 60
    Bardo Pond is not necessarily Avant-garde, but neither is it easy listening. It does however, defy categorization and perhaps with a little less unguided frenzy and a little more tempered structure would allow this reviewer to recommend it.
  10. Uncut
    Feb 8, 2011
    60
    The prolific five-piece's cosmic space programme occasionally fails to launch, but at their transcendent best they harness the ragged glory of mid-'70s Neil Young with the epic fluidity of Popol Vuh and the blazing guitars of Spacemen 3. [Dec 2010, p.85]
  11. Feb 7, 2011
    60
    Bardo Pond has a good amount of acoustic elements, which lighten up the touch a little bit and even bring out an Americana influence. This lighter sound may account for the more tired feel of this album, but there are still some compelling rockers.

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