Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jan 15, 2013
    70
    While there are some changes in pace here and there--the quicker, tenser "The Promise"; the piano-led title track that concludes the album; the short, fierce instrumental "Easter Island"--generally the album is a bit of a blur, shifting moods here and there without fully distinguishing itself track by track.
  2. Feb 1, 2013
    60
    While Arbouretum is at least as proficient as ever, Coming out of the Fog lacks the teeth of its predecessors.
  3. Jan 15, 2013
    69
    On Fog, Arbouretum does well by both parties [his songwriting influences: singer Will Oldham, with whom he toured as a backing guitarist, and Baltimore punk-rock-Gnostics, Lungfish].
  4. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    Fog is about as far from his work with Will Oldham as it's possible to be while still playing the guitar. [Feb 2013, p.101]
  5. Jan 15, 2013
    70
    The best thing about Coming Out Of The Fog, then, is that it's charged with possibility--paradoxically, by stripping Heumann's songs back to their core, simplifying and reducing, he's opened up a space in which the group could really ride into the sun. [Feb 2013, p.72]
  6. Jan 15, 2013
    60
    Arbouretum have reined in the Crazy Horse-gallop-on-for-hours excesses of earlier outings, for sharper impact. [Jan 2013, p.91]
  7. Feb 1, 2013
    70
    There are times on Coming Out Of The Fog when Arbouretum seem to be a little too self indulgent and one paced, but each of these songs has a hook that digs deep and refuses to let go.
  8. Jan 17, 2013
    70
    Coming Out of the Fog is quite a good album, but it contains no real surprises.
  9. Jan 22, 2013
    70
    It's a leaner, grittier iteration of Arbouretum that slowly lopes out of the starting blocks on this fifth full-length.
  10. Feb 6, 2013
    70
    Ultimately, Coming Out of the Fog is about song, rather than sound, but that sharply-crafted sound definitely its say as well.
  11. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    Coming Out Of The Fog is an album of light and shade and one that benefits more from what's not in it than is.
  12. Feb 20, 2013
    80
    Lovers of folk rock take note: Arbouretum are likely to be a deserving early entry in your best of 2013 list. [19 Jan 2013, p.54]
  13. Jan 15, 2013
    40
    The band's fifth full-length is a sluggish drone of guitars so muddy they sound like they were recorded in a bog married to pseudo-spiritual waffling from singer Dave Heumann.
  14. 60
    Their music, while distinctive, is a rather rudimentary and static thing, with a limited melodic spectrum. [Mar 2013, p.96]

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