Empty Estate [EP]

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Jun 12, 2013
    85
    It was only eight months ago that Wild Nothing treated us to a near-perfect album. Now they're just spoiling us.
  2. May 14, 2013
    80
    There's a striking sense of command and confidence evident on this EP.
  3. May 14, 2013
    80
    [A] sprite, beguiling collection of songs.
  4. May 14, 2013
    80
    By the time closing track "Hachiko" comes in with its softly ambient strains, Empty Estate has wandered through various modes, ultimately coming off like a thoroughly pleasant but unexpected long walk on a summer evening, with Tatum stopping for a moment to say hello to all his various different inclinations for a moment before moving on.
  5. May 14, 2013
    73
    It’s hard to call this a misstep at all, but its best quality is keeping hope alive for what will come next.
  6. Sometimes pushing the envelope may be a grandiose gesture, other times more subtle, and while Wild Nothing may never be a Brian Eno, there’s certainly nothing wrong with being a Felt or Go-Betweens.
  7. May 21, 2013
    70
    While this isn't Wild Nothing stalling, Empty Estate never coalesces into anything as confident as his previous releases, leaving the impression that for now he's running on the spot.
  8. May 15, 2013
    70
    A laid-back, well-considered and joyous effort to swing you through the summer months.
  9. 70
    This EP is dressed exactly how it sounds: a little more vibrant and a little more stoned.
  10. Oct 4, 2013
    67
    Mostly though, Empty Estate props itself up on the same airy pop that made Tatum famous.
  11. May 14, 2013
    66
    Empty Estate tries to guide Wild Nothing towards a more physically charged sound, and it’s not always an easy transition.
  12. Jun 20, 2013
    50
    The songs on Empty Estate shine and shimmer, but one can’t help but feel that Tatum has run himself into a dead end here.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 16, 2013
    5
    Actually, I didn't get why Wild Nothing changed their style this time. Nocture and the Gemeni are quite brilliant! In my opinion, they shouldActually, I didn't get why Wild Nothing changed their style this time. Nocture and the Gemeni are quite brilliant! In my opinion, they should keep the old vibe. Full Review »