Coco Beware - Caveman
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Nov 16, 2011
    88
    Part of Caveman's appeal, other than having the coolest debut album title in recent memory (a respelling of the moniker of the '80s WWF superstar), is making the complicated simple.
  2. Nov 21, 2011
    87
    While it's not perfect, CoCo Beware is a strong, cohesive opening statement from a group of talented musicians that only gets better with repeated listens.
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    80
    The deliberate soft focus lends depth and an air of mystery to what might have been cool-headed, straightforward indie-rock; there are echoes of the Feelies, the Strokes and, somewhere in the distance, the Beach Boys.
  4. Nov 10, 2011
    80
    The songs feel like the first days of fall, where you're clinging to that last bit of summer warmth while eagerly anticipating the slower pace of a city being cooled.
  5. 80
    It's a perfect post-summer pick-me-up that's hard not to listen to all the way through.
  6. Apr 6, 2012
    70
    At low levels, this record will work nicely as aural wallpaper for cocktail parties, but turn it on and slap on a pair of headphones and the effect is transporting. [May 2012, p.69]
  7. Nov 17, 2011
    70
    Coco Beware is actually such an inviting album you can keep it on repeat and just bask in the cozy melodies and gently propulsive percussion.
  8. Nov 16, 2011
    70
    The connection between the album's title and its contents remains a question mark, but it's befitting of this surprising, deeply inspired debut.
  9. Nov 10, 2011
    70
    Hints of folksy revelry may abound, but the dynamics are strictly library-level, and the lyrical focus is decidedly inward.
  10. Nov 16, 2011
    60
    Debut album CoCo Beware swirls around just fine, but it's all shapes without edges.
  11. Jan 23, 2012
    50
    Aside from a handful of hooks and choruses, when CoCo Bewares finishes playing, it's nearly impossible to remember a single note that just came through your speakers.
  12. Nov 15, 2011
    50
    The tunes wash over nicely, but ultimately fail to endear the listener. [Oct 2011, p97]
  13. Nov 15, 2011
    50
    As pleasantly promising as CoCo Beware is, Caveman has yet to move past that phase, or to fully harness the alluring darkness at its heart.

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