Christopher

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Jan 29, 2013
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
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  1. Jan 30, 2013
    60
    The occasional burst of incredible, disposable pop goes a long way, but sadly not long enough to make Christopher an entirely engaging experience.
  2. Jan 31, 2013
    40
    The few peaks of Christopher are heavily outweighed by its deep valleys and plodding middle ground, which pass by without so much as a signpost of remembrance.
  3. Jan 23, 2013
    58
    The Ruby Suns quickly lose their nerve and hooks about halfway through Christopher, and it simply becomes a brighter, albeit favorable, take on Fight Softly's mushier innards.
  4. Uncut
    Jan 23, 2013
    70
    All up, a subtle repositioning that deserves attention. [Feb 2013, p.79]
  5. Q Magazine
    Jan 24, 2013
    40
    McPhun's chirrupy high-register and a synth-pop gloss, which washes over the album from start to finish, only serves to ramp up the all-consuming mawkish tone. [Feb 2013, p.110]
  6. 60
    Christopher is all dreamy lushness with synths that range all the way from zappy to squashy.
  7. Jan 23, 2013
    70
    Despite the self-therapy and tonal lulls, Christopher is a highly listenable affair that produces two truly outstanding moments.
  8. Feb 1, 2013
    70
    Christopher comes across as so eager to please that parts of the album lack vim where it’s needed, despite the luxuriant polish that’s been spread across all 10 songs.
  9. Jan 29, 2013
    58
    Even if Christopher is almost always functional, it's almost never essential.
  10. 40
    Christopher's hyper-saturated synths sound less like a reverent throwback and more like Twin Shadow in an irradiated snow globe.
  11. Jan 31, 2013
    40
    Light, breezy and somewhat snoozy, Christopher has some pleasant moments, but it's not the strongest work in McPhun's discography.
  12. Mar 27, 2013
    30
    Your willingness to stick with McPhun from here on out depends entirely how much you enjoy listening to music that sounds like a meticulous recreation of 80s dance pop.
  13. Jan 28, 2013
    50
    The song [vapory closing number "Heart Attack"] almost saves Christopher from venturing into annoying self-parody, but it's ultimately unsuccessful due to the uncertainty of its message.
  14. Magnet
    Feb 11, 2013
    50
    He mostly sounds like a fish out of water. [No. 95, p.57]
  15. 50
    While the album is pleasant enough listening, and certainly doesn’t make you want to block up your ears, it is just too plastic-sounding to yield any lasting substance.
  16. Jan 23, 2013
    40
    [An] offensively dull record.
  17. Mar 15, 2013
    60
    The band’s fourth release, Christopher, falls flat despite containing one of this year’s (possibly this decade’s) finest pop songs with its opener “Desert of Pop.”

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