Carrier

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. Aug 23, 2013
    90
    Carrier, finally, brings that emotional subtext to the front, and the result is a Dodos record that is thrillingly translucent and crushingly intimate, almost uncomfortably so. It’s love and loss, as straightforward as you please.
  2. Aug 26, 2013
    88
    The lyrics on Carrier stand as the most meaningful in their catalog, making their newest album stand once again as the band’s best yet.
  3. 85
    Carrier is a joy and we have an album that’s up there with the most moving and stirring records of 2013.
  4. Sep 3, 2013
    80
    There’s still much celebration to be had in Carrier; they just channel it in a way that’s not expected of them.
  5. Aug 29, 2013
    80
    Carrier doesn’t have anything to rekindle, and so you forget you’re listening to a Dodos album at all: it doesn’t feel warm, or involving, or fun. But it does feel special.
  6. Aug 27, 2013
    80
    The Dodos have released what is at once perhaps their most interesting, strangest and even most concise work to date.
  7. Aug 27, 2013
    80
    The result is a collection of songs that really soar in a way that some previous material hasn’t.
  8. 80
    The result is an intricately variegated album torn between two countervailing threads: heartache and rejuvenation.
  9. Aug 26, 2013
    80
    What’s perhaps most impressive on Carrier is that the traditional (by The Dodos’ standards) rock songs, like the restrained Family, work just as well as the comparatively experimental tracks like Confidence.
  10. Alternative Press
    Aug 22, 2013
    80
    The lullaby-like "Death" feels too on-the-nose, but it doesn't detract much from Carrier's bittersweet power: an atmosphere of loss, contemplation and return. [Sep 2013, p.88]
  11. Aug 22, 2013
    80
    Even though it’s as proficient as the Dodos have always been, albeit in subtler ways, there’s nothing about this record that feels arbitrary. It’s an album that feels like honesty, or at least a very well done facsimile of it.
  12. Aug 22, 2013
    80
    Carrier is a disarming reminder of the therapeutic power music can hold.
  13. Aug 27, 2013
    79
    The Dodos’ tried-and-true approach and execution is far too strong and compelling to abandon, but by amending it ever so slightly on Carrier, they’ve realized something worth documenting. And it’s certainly worth listening to.
  14. Aug 28, 2013
    75
    It leaves you wanting more. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.96]
  15. Aug 27, 2013
    75
    The Dodos have more than capably captured Reimer’s amped-up methods; they just haven’t quite brought them into the fold.
  16. Sep 5, 2013
    70
    Carrier ends up being a remarkably balanced meditation on joy and loss, as well as one of the more nuanced albums in Dodos' body of work.
  17. Sep 3, 2013
    70
    It is among The Dodos’ best work--Carrier is a fitting eulogy.
  18. 70
    This is a cut above your average US alt.art-rock, most notably on ‘Stranger’, which sounds like The Strokes doing The Shins.
  19. Aug 27, 2013
    68
    It’s the kind of record for the times when you’re lost in thought about someone you might’ve known for a little while, wondering where they are and if they ever think about you.
  20. Magnet
    Sep 19, 2013
    60
    [Neko] Case misses Carrier, and it her. [No. 102, p.55]
  21. Aug 28, 2013
    60
    It’s unlikely that Carrier will be the offering that brings that promise home. Yet it is a superb showcase for the pair’s ample prowess.
  22. Aug 22, 2013
    60
    The sophistication suits the songs, which have a tragic seriousness without becoming a gloomy slog.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 31, 2013
    7
    This is the sound of a band who have grown up without becoming boring. The music is straight up indie, but the honesty that drives the lyricsThis is the sound of a band who have grown up without becoming boring. The music is straight up indie, but the honesty that drives the lyrics is unique and sets this album apart from anything this band has previously done, but also sets the bar much higher for their peers. Beautiful and refreshing. Full Review »
  2. Sep 11, 2013
    9
    One of the best records of the year so far. Painfully beautiful, smart, and honest. This band has evolved into a nonconformity, no-nonsenseOne of the best records of the year so far. Painfully beautiful, smart, and honest. This band has evolved into a nonconformity, no-nonsense sound that, to say the least, shows some spine. Full Review »