Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Feb 11, 2011
    80
    The sound is focused, thick, lovely.
  2. Feb 8, 2011
    80
    They stand out because they combine some very familiar elements with more style and grace than their peers. [Feb 2011, p.94]
  3. Feb 4, 2011
    80
    A passive 12 song set that toes the line between nostalgic sadness and bright optimism with remarkable ease.
  4. Feb 4, 2011
    80
    It is explorative, enchanting, wide-reaching, and so hopeful it ignites a tender pain all its own.
  5. Feb 4, 2011
    80
    Minks leave listeners wanting more on By the Hedge, a debut that sounds timeless and surprising.
  6. 80
    His vision of the album is similarly relational, and this debut brims with variety and skill, coming off with a complex personality at turns exuberantly earnest, darkly melancholy, and dreamily coy.
  7. Minks' devotion to mood and texture may seem redolent of My Bloody Valentine's foggy experiments, but By The Hedge isn't nearly as sonically challenging or heady as Kevin Shields's work. No, Minks have more modest goals as it turns out, their greatest inspiration comes not from the music of others but rather from within.
  8. Feb 4, 2011
    71
    Minks adapt the style that the Clientele matured into over their recent full-lengths, which adds a foreboding touch to these love-and-regret-focused songs.
  9. Feb 23, 2011
    70
    Luckily, the songwriting on Minks' debut hits far more frequently than it misses. It's a solid establishment of a noteworthy sound--the proverbial "encouraging first album."
  10. Feb 4, 2011
    70
    Yeah, Minks has churned out an enjoyable full-length debut, but there's an ever-present possibility that it'll get lost in the mess--much like the standout moments on By the Hedge, there's always a haziness enveloping everything like a dense fog.
  11. 70
    There are some real pop gems on here, especially if you're fond of The Cure and their ilk. Maybe it's just me not getting that soupy gloom that seems to be out there for everyone else.
  12. 63
    Minks floats along like a Sofia Coppola movie - delicate and listless, topped with a glossy and charming overcoat, but lacking in substance.
  13. Mar 28, 2011
    60
    In the end, By the Hedge is the work of a band trying to discover itself: Maybe Minks aren't quite sure who they are or where they're going yet, but at least their solid first effort suggests there's more than enough reason to keep following them to find out what'll happen with them.
  14. Mar 9, 2011
    60
    The urbane vibe exuded during their stellar live shows is stunning. Unfortunately they don't completely lasso that divine alchemy here. [Feb 2011, p.73]
  15. In summary then, better than most if you like that sort of thing.

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