Believers - A.A. Bondy
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Sep 30, 2011
    80
    Believers sounds much more like Bondy has simply followed his own muse for a change, and the results reveal his confidence was well founded.
  2. Sep 29, 2011
    70
    Believers is the type of album that demands to be digested as a whole, preferably on a chilly October evening with an adult beverage or two close by.
  3. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    These are great songs, but Believers is all about the whole: a beautifully paced and structural album, with a powerfully singular mood. [Dec 2011, p.91]
  4. Dec 15, 2011
    80
    Truly, Believers is nothing short of divine. [Dec. 2001 p. 123]
  5. Jun 28, 2012
    80
    Auguste Arthur's third, and best, set of lonesome-pine Americana. [Jun 2012, p.100]
  6. Sep 20, 2011
    83
    Believers, captures that middle-of-the-night restlessness just as powerfully as his first two releases, and the record's illusory beauty is equally captivating.
  7. Nov 9, 2011
    50
    There are a few highlights, such as the gorgeous "Surfer King," but the rest is reverb-drenched murk. [Oct. 2011, p. 108]
  8. Nov 29, 2011
    80
    Believers isn't a rousing album. Its allure is slow-burning, almost unnoticeable.
  9. Sep 15, 2011
    80
    We need to find a way to smoke this.
  10. Nov 28, 2011
    60
    It's a generic melancholy, expressed in widescreen cliches: Bondy never persuades you that it's genuinely felt.
  11. Oct 7, 2011
    80
    Bondy's third record isn't drastically different from its two predecessors, 2007's American Hearts and 2009's grossly overlooked When The Devil's Loose.
  12. Oct 7, 2011
    80
    Believers is another step away from Bondy's noisy past, and he knows how to use his inside voice.
  13. Sep 15, 2011
    80
    Bondy trudges along without much to believe in, but his instilled confidence tells otherwise.
  14. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    If Bondy's been searching for a suitable solo identity, Believers may be his charmed third time.[#81, p. 54]
  15. Sep 15, 2011
    70
    True to its title, Believers does indeed have the potential to make faithful advocates of all.
  16. It promises even better material to come if he can blend the astounding songcraft from earlier efforts with the atmosphere of this album.
  17. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    Bondy gives his songs plenty of room to breathe, the results being quite often spellbinding.
  18. Believers is made of a darker, spookier Americana than its predecessor: full of small-g gothic, anti-Chris Isaak-ish songs that submerge you deeper and deeper in their dark charms.
  19. 90
    What truly makes the album memorable--and what makes it arguably Bondy's best--is the atmosphere that pervades every song.
  20. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    His pensive, personal songs often evoke nocturnal drives on dusty highways with hypnotic allure.

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