Candela

Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Q Magazine
    Apr 10, 2013
    60
    Though Candela never fully eludes to Pierce's studied background, the foundations are strong enough for him to go wild with the decorations. [May 2013, p.106]
  2. Mojo
    Apr 10, 2013
    60
    Pierce's lyrics remain largely opaque, and the atypically lumpen Warm Hand In Narnia sounds unsettlingly like Snow Patrol, but to cavil feels churlish when elsewhere such vivacious invention pervades. [May 2013, p.86]
  3. Uncut
    Mar 29, 2013
    60
    Afropop sparkle to jazzy bounce and shoe gaze shimmer, but too often these exotic ingredients feel like undigested dilettante dabblings. [May 2013, p.74]
  4. Under The Radar
    Mar 22, 2013
    60
    The New York collective continues to produce intelligent music with its seventh album. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.103]
  5. Candela makes for an, at times unpleasant, but ultimately forgettable listen.
  6. 60
    Despite its flaws, it can at times be an unexpected and stunning trip.
  7. Jan 29, 2013
    60
    Candela doesn't represent Mice Parade's most memorable outing, but it does showcase a willingness to expand the expectations surrounding their sound.
  8. 60
    The breezy, rhythmically complex melting-pot approach still plays a pretty big role on Candela, Mice Parade's eighth album, but more than ever, Pierce seems to have a vested interest in letting some graceful whooshes of shoegazer noise take over where necessary.
  9. Feb 5, 2013
    50
    Candela has some shining moments but, overall, is an album that teases the palette instead of really satisfying.
  10. Jan 29, 2013
    48
    More often than not, however, Mice Parade pushes these songs down paths that don't fit.

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