Cyrk - Cate Le Bon
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Jan 17, 2012
    83
    Cyrk is a bright, airy affair.
  2. 80
    A common thread can be found in CYRK, Cate's second album: the application of a sincere pop-song sensibility, and a yen for the surreal that sidesteps the zany.
  3. Apr 30, 2012
    80
    It's when listening in this way [on headphones] that the nuances of the music, with its dark underbelly, open up and reveal themselves in a weird yet absorbing way.
  4. Apr 26, 2012
    80
    [Cyrk] is a rare beast: a genuinely off-kilter pop record that never feels too self-conscious or contrived.
  5. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    Each of the 10 songs are beautifully simple, sounding like they've been passed down in a Welsh oral tradition from generations long forgotten. [May 2012, p.100]
  6. Apr 20, 2012
    80
    Evoking the ramshackle psychedelia of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Cryk nonetheless shows Le Bon following her own path. [May 2012, p.88]
  7. Feb 2, 2012
    80
    Le Bon is doodling, but as she refines it, CYRK becomes a clear piece of work with a well-clarified core.
  8. Jan 18, 2012
    80
    On Cyrk, Le Bon shows a promising step in a more challenging sound, one that lands-finally-on the right side of freak folk.
  9. Jan 17, 2012
    80
    Stay with these songs a little while, and see where they go. Some come close to saying very little and end up saying more than you expect.
  10. Jan 17, 2012
    80
    It's many different things at once, but all of them are confident and powerful.
  11. Jan 17, 2012
    80
    While each track on Cyrk brings to mind somebody else (Velvet Underground, "Genesis Hall"-era Fairport Convention, Comus, Spacemen 3), Le Bon somehow manages to make it all feel surprising natural.
  12. Jan 17, 2012
    80
    Le Bon's pop sensibilities are much more pronounced, yet they don't dilute any of her wonderful weirdness.
  13. A new album from a new artist, with an old sound newly restored, think of this as a letter of recommendation to you, dear America.
  14. Jan 18, 2012
    76
    More than just chart her progression as a singer and songwriter, CYRK also sees Le Bon and her four-piece band developing into a crack psych-rock outfit that consistently leads the songs into unexpected places.
  15. Jan 17, 2012
    76
    As it progresses, CYRK loses some of its musical and descriptive vitality, but Le Bon lingers over these physical depictions, lending her songs a beguiling tactility as well as a strong gravity.
  16. Feb 21, 2012
    75
    Pretty but not boring, eclectic but not overindulgent, Cyrk is the work of an artist still messing with all the possibilities in front of her.
  17. Apr 30, 2012
    70
    For all its playful charm, CYRK is deliciously dark: it revels in its ability to marry calmness with the uncomfortable.
  18. Apr 27, 2012
    70
    She's made an album that only she could have made, and frankly it's refreshing to hear a female singer from a folk background whose most obvious and overwhelming reference point isn't Joni Mitchell via Laura Marling.
  19. Apr 27, 2012
    70
    From the moment jumpy, garagepop opener 'Falcon Eyed' trapezes towards you, it's clear that Cate Le Bon is in carnival spirits throughout her second LP.
  20. Apr 6, 2012
    70
    There's much beauty aid the flux of recorders, messy analogue synths and wayward sax. [May 2012, p.77]
  21. 70
    Le Bon maintains a careful balance with her scattered ideas, presenting an album rich in curious charm.
  22. Jan 18, 2012
    70
    The subsequent numbers unfold in a subtler, more impressionable way that showcases just how poignant and powerful Le Bon can be in her songwriting.
  23. Jan 17, 2012
    70
    Though Le Bon composes in the dark, she shows us a lighter, quirkier side in CYRK.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 24, 2013
    8
    Band is Velvetish in rhythm and clang; voice is sort of Nico like too. But she is cooler, better voice, more interesting songs. Band isBand is Velvetish in rhythm and clang; voice is sort of Nico like too. But she is cooler, better voice, more interesting songs. Band is good. First three songs were amazing. Full Review »