Blood Speaks - Smoke Fairies
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 25, 2012
    70
    While Blood Speaks may lack the immediate hooks of its predecessor, it's got longer legs, deeper corners, and attitude to spare.
  2. May 31, 2012
    70
    Sometimes you wish they'd let themselves go a little more, but there's much here to adore.
  3. May 31, 2012
    70
    It's a bold step, and one that can't quite sustain itself but Blood Speaks is a force of nature, and in more senses than one.
  4. May 31, 2012
    70
    Blood Speaks a largely timeless-feeling piece which not only sounds like it could have been written any decade over the last 40 years or so, but feels eternal in the way it runs its course.
  5. Jul 18, 2012
    80
    Smoke Fairies still possess great harmonies and sweet melodies, but they now come steel clad. [Jun 2012, p.92]
  6. Jun 8, 2012
    72
    There's a gritty, lucid vein [in the album's songs] running just below the top layer of haze, the words' bite stinging all the more for their burial under all those dank guitar tones and harmonies as dark and delicate as black lace.
  7. Apr 2, 2013
    60
    One can easily be seduced by the pleasant surfaces of the sound into the gloom beneath.
  8. Jun 21, 2012
    60
    There are moments when their balance is perfect and the Fleetwood Mac tumble of Feel It Coming Near or the parting-mists of the title track keep their undoubted talents in sharp focus. [Jun 2012, p.111]
  9. May 31, 2012
    60
    Their second album kicks off with an insistent bass throb and angular drumming....Elsewhere, though, the duo allow their earnestness too much sway, making for deadening solemnity.
  10. Though less folky than their 2010 debut, Blood Speaks sticks to the harmonies and arpeggios formula that made their Jack White-produced "Gastown" single so memorable.
  11. May 31, 2012
    80
    The mood of gathering gloom occasionally drifts rather close to torpor, but Feel It Coming Near and the sublime Awake usher the darkness in beautifully.
  12. Jun 1, 2012
    70
    You get less of a sense of young maidens skipping round the maypole than two battle-scarred musicians adapting to life on the road. [Jul 2012, p.83]

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