Ester - Trailer Trash Tracys
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    Ester is very much an individualist work.
  2. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    Filtered through a dispersing wall of glistening synths and trippy haze, Ester is a sonically rich debut.
  3. Jan 18, 2012
    80
    With everything slathered liberally in reverb, Ester is wrong in all the right ways. [Feb 2012, p.90]
  4. Jan 12, 2012
    80
    They appear to have hit the ground running, and have kickstarted their year delivering a cocksure record which welcomes repeated listens.
  5. Jan 10, 2012
    80
    Ester is a collection best suited to after-hours reflection, a glass of red in hand and the TV playing only static.
  6. Jan 10, 2012
    80
    TTTs are not the only young group on the block to be melding detached female vocals, distant percussive rattles and guitar effects, all swaddled in a sonic fog, but they're better at it than most.
  7. Feb 10, 2012
    76
    Ester's a strong debut from a band that will hit its stride when it learns to connect as much as it concocts.
  8. Feb 10, 2012
    70
    An incredibly interesting debut album that's nearly as clever as its creators intended.
  9. Feb 7, 2012
    70
    Trailer Trash Tracys' try-anything attitude overpowers the actual songs, but that doesn't stop Ester from being a fascinating and often haunting debut that just whets the appetite for more.
  10. Feb 7, 2012
    70
    Ester is an album to get wrapped up in, and feel fairly unabashedly positive about, once the band has done its job of making you feel vaguely uneasy, which is ultimately the record's--and band's--only failing.
  11. Jan 30, 2012
    70
    This is more adventurous fare but never forgoes its footing in melody land--well, with the exception of the off-putting "Rolling," a short track that unfortunately opens the record and sounds like a symphony warm-up with six instruments headed in different directions.
  12. Jan 25, 2012
    70
    The album isn't faultless by any means, but Trailer Trash Tracys have made one of the most interesting albums of recent months.
  13. Jan 10, 2012
    70
    Ester doesn't quite have a narrow enough scope for us to be able to say that Trailer Trash Tracys have a sound that's all their own, but they're close to finding their voice, and with a little more refinement it will come out, not loudly, but clearly.
  14. 70
    A little more melodic resolve wouldn't go amiss, but 'Ester' is a solid, imaginative debut that leaves you aglow with the ice-warmth of a blip-literate Cocteau Twins.
  15. Jan 10, 2012
    70
    While they still don't quite seem to be the finished article, there's plenty of promise.
  16. Mar 21, 2012
    60
    At times, when some tracks get particularly loopy and seem on the verge of collapse, it's hard to tell if that's the product of organized chaos or slippery excess.[Mar 2012, p.87]
  17. Jan 31, 2012
    60
    The atmosphere is generally furtive, and yet the songs are at their best when they tap you on the shoulder with a familiar rough-neck charm. [Feb 2012, p.102]
  18. Jan 10, 2012
    60
    At times it's gently dreamlike and beautiful, but its ethereal ambitions often feel like a lack of focus rather than a statement of intent. [Feb. 2012 p. 111]
  19. Feb 3, 2012
    55
    At this point it's hard not to feel like the Trailer Trash Tracys who sounded pretty vital in 2009 have been left behind by a whole slew of bands that followed their starting gun and reached the finishing line quicker, and better.
  20. Feb 24, 2012
    50
    Most of the songs on Ester are like partially frozen ice cubes tossed into a drink on a warm day: they work for a little while, but they never turn into something truly solid, and end up dissolving pretty quickly.

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