Cloak and Cipher

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
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  1. Nov 5, 2010
    I wasn't too familiar with the band but decided to give this album a chance, it proved to be worth the purchase. The first song will get stuck in your hand instantly, but don't think this is a one hit wonder, the whole album is pretty strong, although the end does taper off. It's worth checking out if you enjoy strong female vocals and good musicianship.
  2. Nov 29, 2010
    happy to see this album getting at least a little love. i've been a fan of land of talk since their first EP and have loved watching them continue to develop and gain sophistication. sure there aren't any singles per se, but this album will grow on you. seeing them live really made me commit to loving this album. hands down my favorite show of the year.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
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  1. Oct 22, 2010
    Cloak and Cipher won't wow you with hooks or musical prowess, but it does signal an exciting start for a band with tremendous potential, and it serves as an excellent first glimpse of a lead singer with loads of talent.
  2. Cloak flows more like an assortment of four-track experiments than a cohesive album, if only because each song uses a different jumble of elements.
  3. She's good at finding obscurity, but sometimes not to her benefit. Ms. Powell wrote a lot of the lyrics on Cloak and Cipher with scrambled input from books and various other texts, and she doesn't do much to smooth out the results, savoring the disjunctive and the cryptic.