Between the Times and the Tides


Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. May 4, 2012
    It's great to hear the third voice in Sonic Youth stretching out. But it's also a reminder of their irreplaceable magic.
  2. Just the album you'd hope from a thoughtful 56-year-old after his band of 30 years breaks up.
  3. Mar 28, 2012
    This is a fine collection of songs and although there is nothing here to dispel the feeling that even if this is no masterpiece, that doesn't mean that Ranaldo won't be producing one sometime in the near future.
  4. Mar 22, 2012
    Such an impressive cast might initially give rise to the belief that this might be an album that delights in twisting the conventional, but in truth everyone plays it fairly safe which is likely to disappoint those hoping for something mind blowing.
  5. 70
    The atmosphere is the master of Between the Times and the Tides, and Ranaldo pulls things together powerfully to that end.
  6. Mar 15, 2012
    It's the strength of his conventional songcraft, however, that makes his late-career foray into the frontman role successful.
  7. Apr 3, 2012
    If nothing else, this album is a guitar fetishist's dream, and sounds like it was a joy to make, too.
  8. Mar 22, 2012
    Between the Times and the Tides cements Ranaldo's role as a dreamer and poet who can remain true to himself and reveal new things at the same time.
  9. Mar 22, 2012
    Mostly Lee Ranaldo has created a mid-crisis record that sounds more powerful than frustrated, more strong in its beauty than reactionary in its power.
  10. Mar 21, 2012
    Between the Times and the Tides is advertised as his first 'rock album' which makes it sound more abrasive than it is, although it packs more of an aural punch than Thurston's latest Beck-helmed Nick Drake tribute album.
  11. Mar 21, 2012
    A motley assortment of Sonic Youth nods, acoustic entreaties, and cloying pop-rockers, Ranaldo's opportunity to step out of the Sonic Youth shadows and into his own proper spotlight is mostly a miss made of mediocrity.
  12. Mar 20, 2012
    In the context of an album this accomplished, Ranaldo's stories resonate like holy Scripture.
  13. Mar 20, 2012
    Airy, vaguely psychedelic and meaningful, Beyond the Times is a gorgeous exhibition from a thoughtful, voracious artist relishing a whole new outlet.
  14. 70
    Those wanting clangour and dissonance will be disappointed, but everyone else will be pleasantly surprised.
  15. Mar 20, 2012
    Ranaldo may be traveling down a familiar road, but it's with exuberance rather than teary-eyed nostalgia.
  16. Mar 20, 2012
    The songs are accomplished and take surprising turns, shot through with a mellow fury that's endlessly appealing.
  17. Mar 19, 2012
    The album is more interesting sonically in the tension between questing guitars and straightforward song structures than it is in terms of lyrics, which aim to be down to earth but end up middle of the road.
  18. While making this album worth the wait was a tall task, Between The Times & The Tides comes about as close as we could have hoped to accomplishing just that.
  19. Mar 19, 2012
    'Between The Times & Tides' is a beacon of craftsmanship and invention coated in [a] marvellously empathetic collection of pop tunes.
  20. Mar 12, 2012
    One mighty fine rock'n'roll record.
  21. The Wire
    Apr 18, 2012
    It's a surprisingly luxuriant record. [Mar 2012, p.58]
  22. Mojo
    Mar 23, 2012
    Throughout, Ranaldo and Nels Cline build up layers of eloquent, electrifying guitar.... Satisfying. [Apr 2012, p.95]
  23. Q Magazine
    Mar 14, 2012
    A rich and varied album, fans of Sonic Youth's less abrasive, song-based output of recent years will find much to savor here. [April 2012, p.102]
  24. Uncut
    Mar 13, 2012
    A mature album that's abrasive but not "freaky" or "weird", that enjoys its moments of harmony when it finds them, and is as serious-minded as the times demand. [Apr 2012, p.76]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 25, 2012
    Great album! It doesn't sound like Sonic Youth, the dissonances are gone, the experimentation too. However, the songwriting is superb. AndGreat album! It doesn't sound like Sonic Youth, the dissonances are gone, the experimentation too. However, the songwriting is superb. And lyrics are mostly good. If you know who Lee Ranaldo is and you want to find out this record, you will probably like it! Recommended! Full Review »