Collections - Delphic
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Mar 7, 2013
    50
    Too often, however, songs succumb to the stylings that make bad mainstream pop music garish and annoying rather than uplifting and catchy.
  2. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    It's certainly a bold move that will either send them stratospheric or sink them completely. [Feb 2013, p.71]
  3. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    While Acolyte sounded assured, Collections occasionally projects a sense of strain. [Feb 2013, p.103]
  4. 50
    Collections is a confident and professional album, not all that different to 'Acolyte'. And it's not different enough.
  5. Feb 1, 2013
    60
    The production drips with gloss, but unlike Acolyte, it’s a gloss that obscures rather than glimmers.
  6. Jan 28, 2013
    50
    Collections is enjoyable, in the way that ready meals can be enjoyable, with their sugar hit and empty calories, their disposability and easy consumption.
  7. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    Delphic's determination to bring together so many possible new directions proves the album's undoing, and it peters out towards the end.
  8. Jan 25, 2013
    50
    On the whole, Collections is a misfire and proof that, sometimes, re-inventing the wheel doesn't always reap rewards.
  9. Jan 29, 2013
    80
    There are echoes of Duran Duran, ABC and more here, but thankfully without the horribly cheap and nasty production values.
  10. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    Having been dogged with comparisons to Friendly Fires since their formation, it is ironic that this record perhaps sounds like the kind of misstep that the St. Albans band made themselves with their second album 'Pala'.
  11. Collections constitutes a fairly sharp decline.
  12. Jan 28, 2013
    20
    Collections, their second effort, mislays what little charm Delphic possessed, tilting at the big pop statement in uneven bursts.

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