Conduit - Funeral For A Friend
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Feb 5, 2013
    70
    At times, Conduit feels like a step backward for Funeral for a Friend, but that's because, well, it is. Fortunately, the album is solid enough to prove that every so often a little de-evolution is just what a band needs, and that it's entirely possible to head into the future while looking toward the past.
  2. Mar 12, 2013
    60
    If you came in as I did in 2008 on what might have been their most eclectic and defining record, you might find this a little less appealing simply for its lack of emphasis on the melody and dialed up screamo.
  3. Feb 5, 2013
    60
    It leaves less room for their more usual fluid melodies, though both Nails and Best Friends And Hospital Beds recapture their emotive sensibilities. [Feb 2013, p.104]
  4. The departure of backing vocalist Ryan Richards robs the band of one of their dimensions, and come the lunk-headed thrash of ‘Grey’ you’re left wondering if this renewed heaviness is there to paper over a lack of ideas.
  5. Feb 13, 2013
    80
    Fuelled by more than a decade of experience, Conduit sees Funeral For A Friend unleash an excitingly fresh attitude resulting in a record that could so easily be mistaken for an LP released by a band over a decade their junior.
  6. Feb 5, 2013
    60
    Conduit is short, vicious, angry and their most singular album to date but this lean and stripped down approach isn't a total success.
  7. Feb 5, 2013
    60
    An occasional penchant for dewy-eyed emoting aside, Conduit sounds like the work of a band with bags of energy and a surfeit of creative gas in the tank.
  8. Feb 12, 2013
    70
    Conduit proves that they still have that magic, albeit in a more hit-and-miss manner.
  9. Feb 5, 2013
    80
    This is their best album for years.
  10. Feb 5, 2013
    70
    It ends with a breakdown and is littered with weighty riffs. However, these aren't forced or the focus of the band's sound, instead complementing the incredibly polished rock.
  11. Feb 5, 2013
    68
    Ultimately, Conduit is a fair step down from the resurgence that was Welcome Home Armageddon. But having said that, it remains a solid addition to their discography.
  12. Feb 26, 2013
    80
    Conduit may not be an album to please those who fell in love with Tales... but for anyone pining for a return to Funeral For A friend's earliest EPs, it's very exciting. [2 Feb 2013, p.53]
  13. 60
    This is classic, turn-of-the-century-style emo for those old enough to remember the scene before the eyeliner an hairspray brigade came along and spoiled it all for everyone. [Mar 2013, p.98]
  14. Feb 8, 2013
    70
    [The album] is their best in years, hitting upon just the right combination of melody, thrash, and hooks.
  15. 80
    They really proved that they're a conduit for great music and a band that's chomping at the bit to explore and vary their style.

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