EAR PWR - EAR PWR
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 13, 2011
    80
    The slow moves of the partnered voices on the extended verse, rising up toward the cool intoning of the title on the final chorus as the melody lines get even more insistent and grand, and similar moments on the instrumental "Geodes," show that EAR PWR have a way with the epic that doesn't feel overbearing--not a bad spot to be in at all.
  2. Jun 13, 2011
    75
    Given the simple, goofy nature of the debut, Ear Pwr is an impressively ambitious follow-up.
  3. Jun 29, 2011
    60
    Their music now comes wrapped in gauzy textures more reminiscent of local hero Toro Y Moi. [Jul 2011, p.111]
  4. Jun 24, 2011
    60
    EAR PWR have concocted a gorgeous chillwave gem. [Jul 2011, p.115]
  5. Jun 13, 2011
    60
    On its own terms, Ear Pwr is a record that, while occasionally poorly structured and a little draggy, offers a rapturous sundown forestfull of perfectly nice pop nuggets, and perhaps the most unexpectedly 'normal' album of the year; a breakneck jolt and a right-turn for the conventional.
  6. Jun 13, 2011
    59
    EAR PWR were once a band that refused to tie a tie or recite the silly rule--it could be annoying, but at least they were being themselves. Here, they prove how hard growing up can be.
  7. Jun 22, 2011
    50
    Basically, if you're gonna stop telling jokes, you'd better have some kick-ass drama up your sleeve. On Ear Pwr, they're only half-way there.

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