Bosnian Rainbows - Bosnian Rainbows
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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
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  1. Jul 2, 2013
    9
    If you listen to this album for what it actually is, its quite enjoyable. With roots in alternative, punk and electronic, its a great mix for the public's appetite for new music they have not yet heard. Bravo O-R L!
  2. Sep 4, 2013
    9
    If you're reading this review hoping for a fanboy rant about The Mars Volta breaking up, you might as well just stop now, since my experience with the members' various previous bands is pretty minimal. So I'm hoping this review can offer an interesting perspective to this recently formed group & their debut album as someone without the biases or comparisons that would inevitably come with being a fan of the members' previous projects. And I was very impressed by this album overall. What we have here is 48 minutes of eccentric yet somewhat accessible indie rock. It's characterized by tight precise drum grooves, guitar lines with a hint of reverb that can go from driving to emotional to chaotic in minutes, and expressive & passionate vocals with lyrics to match. And it's all complimented with subtle electronics that help create an overall atmosphere for the album to live in, one that borders on soft but definitely has an edge to it. Even though nearly every song here has a few potent hooks that'll stick in the back of your mind, for someone that wants a good accessible gateway to the more experimental stuff I'd look to the singles “Torn Maps” & “Turtle Neck”, which still have all the best elements of this album but do it in a bit more of a straightforward & catchy way, though the transition from the dream pop chorus & verses to the awesome distorted meltdown about halfway into Turtle Neck might throw some people off. This is an interesting listen for sure, and I honestly can't think of a song here that I don't really like. I feel like I haven't been listening to enough less-accessible stuff this year & this certainly helps with that. It's nothing completely mind-blowing, but if you're looking for some great experimental indie rock, this is one of the first albums I'd recommend.

    Top 5 tracks: Turtle Neck, Torn Maps, I Cry for You, Mother Father Set Us Free, Morning Sickness
    Score: 90/100
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72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 80
    For all of its freshness, there are clear influences at play here, most notably The Banshees or Yeah Yeah Yeahs. [Summer 2013, p.95]
  2. Jul 15, 2013
    80
    Teresa Suarez's voice, naked and vulnerable amid woozy sounds and intricate soundscapes, is the real focus of Bosnian Rainbows. [22 Jun 2013, p.52]
  3. Jul 15, 2013
    50
    As art-rock abnegation, it's impressive. But when he teases flamboyance on the death disco "Morning Sickness," you long for a little more excess.