• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Jun 8, 2010
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Astonishing new album from ex-Immediate wunderkind.
  2. Becoming a Jackal is downright convincing-maybe sustaining-even these few weeks after first hearing the thing. I'm surprised, though maybe I shouldn't be, by just how cool and atypical that feeling is.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jun 19, 2012
    8
    Have to say I really like this record. Of it's 11 tracks there are only a couple of dull numbers. The sound is predominantly quite mellow,Have to say I really like this record. Of it's 11 tracks there are only a couple of dull numbers. The sound is predominantly quite mellow, with mainly gently delivered vocals, piano and acoustic guitars. The songwriting is excellent for the most part. I would say your better off hearing this record without hearing its creator, Conor O Brien talk. If he was a hamburger he'd eat himself. A bit like the way Bono turns a lot of people off of U2, COB had a similar effect for me. Still, this is good stuff. Full Review »
  2. Jul 28, 2011
    10
    Definitely the album of the year, and if he manages to produce another album of anything close to the haunting beauty of this one, he willDefinitely the album of the year, and if he manages to produce another album of anything close to the haunting beauty of this one, he will become a legend. Full Review »
  3. Dec 22, 2010
    9
    Really fantastic album. One of the best of 2010, and that's really saying something with the excellent albums out this year by Arcade Fire,Really fantastic album. One of the best of 2010, and that's really saying something with the excellent albums out this year by Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens, and The National. This guy has a lovely, soft, delicate voice that goes well with his folk-rock arrangements. The music is beautiful. He reminds me of a mixture of Conor Oberst and Elvis Perkins. Full Review »