Black Pompadour - The Zincs
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. A richly executed and textural record—one of the best guitar-based albums of 2007 thus far.
  2. At their best—pretty much all of Black Pompadour qualifies—The Zincs sound like an accomplished friend, sharing skill and knowledge without being pretentious about it.
  3. This is a sleepier record than 2005's Dimmer, but it rewards the careful listener with enough waking dreams to fuel a hundred overcast Sunday mornings.
  4. A classy affair all the way, Black Pompadour is sure to impress those who let it work its magic.
  5. As always, the playing is impeccable, although the cool professionalism evident on each song makes many of the album's tracks indistinguishable.
  6. This is a band that has a sterile aesthetic but is somehow able to create plenty of emotion and energy.
  7. There’s more under the pleasant surfaces of these songs than first meets the ears, more subtly inventive textures than blatant quirks: evidence that the Zincs are indeed on the move.
  8. The brooding mid-mid-tempo pacing and smoky classic-rock guitar grandeur set a table for some serious moping.
  9. "Black Pompadour" suffers from split- personality disorder.
  10. Despite the occasional clever line or particularly striking melody, the album is largely unremarkable. [#17, p.96]
  11. Black Pompadour is not a bad album, it’s just flat; it’s delivered with little to no passion, meaning that listening to it in its entirety will be a test of patience for some.

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