• Record Label: Leaf
  • Release Date: Apr 5, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Darkness at Noon thrives on pushing and pulling the listener from emotional peak to valley.
  2. It all recalls a traveling Klezmer troupe, unsure of its audience, warming up with tributes to "Schindler's List", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", and "The Godfather", while waiting to find out if they're playing a festival or a funeral.
  3. Darkness at Noon is the most exciting record to be put out this semester.
  4. Though Barnes and company fail to bring this bewildering array of streams into confluence, the album contains enough flashes of such melodic invention and daredevil instrumentation that armchair travelers can't help but be drawn to the group's exotic scrapbook.
  5. More carnival claustrophobia than world tour.
  6. An absorbing, exuberant flourish of outwardly incompatible genres. [Apr 2005, p.122]
  7. You'll feel lost and totally submerged in a sublime experience that's timeless, exciting and free from boundaries.
  8. What is remarkable is the way that they have made a recording that can remain entertaining and engaging, resist becoming background, even while leaving you with the nagging sense that it was about nothing but the act of musical reference itself.
  9. Darkness At Noon works because it doggedly pursues its convictions through to a satisfying conclusion and in doing so creates its own kind of offbeat logic. [#254, p.53]
  10. 60
    Horrific it's not, but with its cover of protest song "Portlandtown" and Dubya-inspired lyrics on "Laughter In The Dark", neither is it an innocent pleasure. [Apr 2005, p.105]
  11. It's interesting, at times catchy, but should be avoided if klezmer and mariachi aren't your bag. [#9]
  12. 60
    Is similarly turn of the last century electronic, but in a darker and less slice and diced way. [May 2005, p.92]
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  1. TomasA
    Jan 18, 2006
    Great album with a certain mood