Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. If the album in its entirety feels open-ended, well, that's because it is, but by any measure Family Perfume is a pleasantly disarming ride, loaded with great, barely noticeable moments.
  2. May 17, 2012
    50
    The unpredictable mix incites some strange transitions, occasionally cutting off promising grooves to the album's detriment ("Groundskeeper Rag," especially, peaks prematurely). But what Family Perfume lacks in momentum it makes up for in brevity.
  3. May 11, 2012
    76
    Presley finds melodic inspiration in classic rock, but blurs his reference points toward punk by coating the music in lo-fi grit. His third proper album, Family Perfume, doubles down on those zonked out inclinations.
  4. Apr 9, 2012
    70
    Vol. 1 is commendable and helps make the album a worthy addition to White Fence's excellently warped catalog.
  5. 70
    The album's greatest quality is its experimentation, its occasional burst of punk emotion ("Soaring pique daily number 2″) and the way it can transition seamlessly into feel-good organ and upbeat acoustic guitar on the next track ("A Hermes Blues").
  6. Apr 9, 2012
    80
    Family Perfume Vol. 1 wafts with a brilliant array of aromas, drifting from atmospheric psychedelia to homegrown folk melodies that leave a lingering sweetness in your mouth.
  7. Jul 9, 2012
    60
    The record's a dream for lovers of acid-fried psychedelia. [Jun 2012, p.158]
  8. May 16, 2012
    70
    While Family Perfume treads familiar ground, it does it well, as well as anyone since the weird ramblings of Elephant 6's Olivia Tremor Control and Apples in Stereo. Good melodies, weird noises, basement tape production-what's not to love?

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