Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Eisley's mix of old and new, and accessible and unexpected, makes their music utterly charming, and Combinations is a blend of bewitching contradictions.
  2. Combinations takes on topics you’d expect from kids whose ages range from 15 to 23: heartache, rebellion, love. It is, almost literally, a sophomore effort. The DuPrees have become better musicians since their debut, and they want to show it off.
  3. Thanks to Sherri, even Eisley's far-out moments seem intimate.
  4. The band retains a certain backwoods spookiness, meaning songs like 'Many Funerals' and sci-fi lead single 'Invasion' keep their edge amidst a clutch of tunes ('Come Clean,' 'Ten Cent Blues') that resemble nothing so much as mid-period Fleetwood Mac.
  5. For a sophomore effort, Combinations makes for yet another strong debut.
  6. Most songs, including the single-worthy 'Come Clean,' are still built on soaring vocal interplay and a childlike sense of wonder.
  7. The term "abstract grace" seems to describe Combinations perfectly. The album proves Eisley to be masters of melody, strong lyricists, and capable of evoking a whole combination of emotions that are unable to be described using words.
  8. It's still eclectic enough that it sounds like a set of singles beamed in from different universes. Unfortunately, this quality also keeps Combinations from gelling.
  9. Too often Combinations sounds like a retread of Eisley's debut but with a different backing track. [summer 2007, p.73]
  10. 60
    The vintage makeover suits them well. [Oct 2007, p.100]
  11. The band of brothers and sisters (plus one cousin) have made the gauzy shooegazing of 2005's "Room Noises" a lot noisier.... What hasn't changed, wisely, are the soaring sibling harmonies and sense of wonder, which are still best heard in delicate moments. [Oct 2007, p.168]
  12. It is just that, a combination of converging influences, namely Evanescence and The Cranberries, their propensity for choral harmonies ratcheting up the twee factor exponentially. [Oct 2007, p.109]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. MattD.
    Aug 28, 2007
    10
    Combines their whimsical qualities with a new edge. The new sound works magic!
  2. Chris
    Aug 27, 2007
    9
    My first experience with this group was in 2003 when I saw them open for Coldplay. They blew me away then, and they still do today. I believe My first experience with this group was in 2003 when I saw them open for Coldplay. They blew me away then, and they still do today. I believe this group is going to be successful as they gain more exposure. Very solid album. Full Review »
  3. EvaS.
    Aug 25, 2007
    10
    They are one of my favorite bands. I love Chauntelle's voice on "I could be there for you." I love the how the girls have started They are one of my favorite bands. I love Chauntelle's voice on "I could be there for you." I love the how the girls have started writing about love. Excellent cd. I recommend buying it. One of my all time favorites. Full Review »