Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Combining the Verve's soul-searching themes with Radiohead's whisper-to-a-scream dynamics, Haven has come up with a weighty debut stocked with tender ballads, beautiful acoustic passages and several potential anthems.
  2. 80
    Some of the most powerfully surging melodies from a British band since the second Travis album. [March 2002, p.114]
  3. Haven's one weakness is their failure to ever pick up the pace or well, y'know, really rock; like Coldplay's two agreeable, unhurried albums, there's a sort of same-y-ness throughout Between The Senses' 12 lullabies.
  4. The music here might be gimmick-free, but it's imbued with a dark sense of confidence.
  5. Between The Senses follows in the hallowed Brit-rock tradition of trembling vocals, chiming midtempo guitars and delicate lyrical sensibilities. [Oct 2002, p.80]
  6. Like a new friend who turns out to be a bit of a bore when you let them dominate the conversation, repeat listenings reveal an album bravely attempting to be a monumental statement on the state of life and love but falls short.
  7. By the end, the album feels too long, with too many tunes trying and failing to make a unique impression.... At its best moments, though, Between the Senses is simply and unnervingly beautiful.
  8. this is pretty much all good stuff. So why does it feel like there's something missing? Haven's problem is their chosen genre - epic, ball busting indie, guitars that jangle, then jangle harder, vocals that ride melody like diseases might pterodactyls.
  9. 60
    Most of the tracks don't quite rise above their obvious influences, Radiohead and U2. [#10, p.118]
  10. Between the Senses rests with honesty and a tenderness similar to the likes of the Verve, but without pretense.
  11. A few too many of these songs follow an all-too-familiar formula -- slow-burning introduction building to a crashing finale -- but on Still Tonight, Lately and last year's single Til The End, the bluster melts away to reveal Haven's passionately beating heart.
  12. 40
    Very pretty but as predictable as Haven's guaranteed elevation to the Indie Premiership before the summer's through. [Feb 2002, p.118]
  13. This record is dull, predictable aural soup, and dullness in music should be punishable by death.

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