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Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
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  1. Nov 7, 2011
    80
    All together, this is a very classy compilation, and an essential piece of the global puzzle of 20th century music.
  2. Mojo
    Oct 5, 2011
    80
    The 14 tracks here represent just a fraction of what he produced in his prime, so beware that it may be habit forming. [Oct 2011, p.110]
  3. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    Ultimately, Beautiful Rivers and Mountains is more than a mere curiosity piece; for all its easy-to-recognize styles, Shin's way of enmeshing them into something original underscores rather than erases their strangeness and splendor--even to widely exposed Western ears--making this is an excellent introduction to his work.
  4. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    Shin Joong Hyun has long been a cornerstone figure in South Korea's rock 'n' roll history, and Light In The Attic have done a commendable job in helping cement his place in the wider scope of rock 'n' roll the world over.
  5. Under The Radar
    Nov 9, 2011
    70
    Light in the Attic has done an incredible job assembling hard-to-find tracks to create this compilation. [Oct. 2011, p. 110]
  6. Oct 6, 2011
    70
    As a collection of Hyun's best work Beautiful Rivers and Mountains works well, though it seems to be a bit limited in scope.
  7. Uncut
    Oct 18, 2011
    60
    It's far from perfect, but still one hell of a trip. [Oct 2011, p.89]
  8. Oct 5, 2011
    60
    His music is also a hodgepodge: square sax-rock, Motown, bongo-heavy folk ballads, and sunshine pop, all tinted by Shin's guitar, which is alternately savage and buttoned-up.
  9. The Wire
    Dec 6, 2011
    50
    In truth most of it is middling stuff. [Oct 2011, p.62]

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