Flourish // Perish


Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Nov 21, 2013
    If Centipede Hz was a direct expletive to the status quo, then Flourish // Perish is the warm embrace that makes everything feel splendid.
  2. Aug 26, 2013
    Peaks and drops alike unveil a rich and full detail that becomes beautifully granular on subsequent listens without being obscure or academic.
  3. Aug 19, 2013
    Sometimes some things need to perish for others to flourish, and these songs show that Standell-Preston, Smith, and Tufts evolved into a group that can not just survive, but thrive in the face of hard times.
  4. 80
    Occasionally subtlety spills over into insipidness, but overall this is a masterclass in restrained beauty.
  5. Aug 16, 2013
    A rewarding evolution for the band.
  6. Aug 16, 2013
    Despite the lineup change and the turmoil surrounding the trio, Flourish // Perish builds upon Braids equally striking debut without retreading old work.
  7. Aug 16, 2013
    Raph's lyrics, meanwhile, dig beneath melancholia and insecurity to unearth beauty in the small victories of self-discovery.
  8. Aug 15, 2013
    Flourish // Perish sounds like an extension of Standell-Preston’s other musical project, Blue Hawaii. In fact, many of the songs could be interchangeable with that project, but this isn’t a fault.
  9. Aug 14, 2013
    Flourish // Perish is a thoroughly rewarding listen.
  10. Aug 14, 2013
    It’s certainly a very different sort of album from Native Speaker, with far more emphasis on glitchy beats and ambient electronica than on their previous record, but after a few listens you can’t help but be impressed by the evolution on display.
  11. 80
    It’s incredibly immersive, and at times it can be emotionally overwhelming.
  12. Aug 20, 2013
    The length of time it takes to unfold challenges waning attention spans, but by revealing Standell-Preston’s drawn fangs early, it turns the listeners into willing victims.
  13. Aug 16, 2013
    Flourish is a purposefully alien and repetitive album, and at the outset, it works.... But in the second half, the iterance becomes tedious; footholds are few amidst the long stretches of vast electronic tundra and the Perish side B can feel like a sheer drop towards revelatory closer “In Kind".
  14. 70
    On Flourish // Perish, the Montreal trio takes a sharp turn inward.
  15. Aug 22, 2013
    The music might be prime kicking-back fare, but that doesn't mean Braids can't sneak some gentle urgency into the mix as well.
  16. Alternative Press
    Aug 14, 2013
    [In Kind undermines the mood of the entire album with a series of acrobatic vocal yelps.] It's a shame, because otherwise this is a record of near-perfect beauty. [Sep 2013, p.88]
  17. Aug 14, 2013
    Braids perform with a self-assured subtlety, lending their sophomore album a quiet, unassuming depth that far outstrips the flash of its predecessor.
  18. Q Magazine
    Aug 20, 2013
    A collection of delicate, woozy and otherworldly electronics. [Sep 2013, p.99]

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