Blondes - Blondes
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Apr 13, 2012
    60
    Take any of these tracks on its own, or even as half of a single, and it is impressive and striking. Listen to seven of them in succession, though, and you slowly notice they all sort of blur together.
  2. Feb 7, 2012
    75
    Despite retaining a relaxed, lightly psychedelic feel, Blondes' songs are properly functionalist grooves.
  3. Mar 14, 2012
    80
    Hypnotic electronic grooves. [April 2012, p.90]
  4. Feb 8, 2012
    60
    The Blondes' expansive synth jams can sometimes feel a little directionless. [Mar 2012, p.81]
  5. Poignant package-holiday dance, sun-drunk but urgent with passion.
  6. Feb 7, 2012
    90
    If you like your music with the psychedelic layers of The Field and subtle atmospherics of Joy Orbison, Blondes have so much to give.
  7. Feb 7, 2012
    100
    This is bliss, it's that simple.
  8. Feb 23, 2012
    70
    Music this agreeable and well-produced may not leave the most potent aftertaste, but it still makes for a sweet listen without veering into the saccharine.
  9. 60
    Blondes need to hone themselves-become harder, better, faster, stronger-if they wish to become memorable, to stand out in listeners' minds as something tangible and unique.
  10. Feb 13, 2012
    90
    You're probably not going to find another record quite so beautifully produced this year, or quite so warmly inviting, or just quite so full of lovely stuff.
  11. Overall, while Blondes' debut album isn't quite as dynamic as the EP, it still serves its purpose as a notable standout from the upstart duo.
  12. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    A thoroughly good larksome house record.
  13. Feb 23, 2012
    70
    The meandering, incidental quality of their music works alternately in their favor and against them.
  14. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    A singularly impressive work.
  15. Mar 12, 2012
    60
    The results, all shimmering synths and echo effects noodle along on 4/4, often for the best part of seven minutes, and we can't help but feel that some of this has been done before.

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