Garden of Arms

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
Buy On
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    60
    The confidence in their new record is clear, if only because their vocals sound more boisterous than ever, but for the most part, the experimentation is the problem.
  2. Uncut
    Sep 9, 2011
    60
    The writing is strong and Pisano's wracked vocals have pleasing echoes of Justin Vernon, but neither quality is best served by a creative aesthetic which often subjects perfectly good songs to the aural equivalent of waterboarding. [Oct 2011, p.95]
  3. Under The Radar
    Nov 9, 2011
    60
    Garden of Arms lacks the shuffling melodies and stark homemade craftwork of the band's debut. [Oct. 2011, p. 108]
  4. Sep 7, 2011
    40
    There are some nice moments in the mess, and sometimes I'm almost tempted to look past the annoyances before they build up--but sometimes, that's frankly just not possible.
  5. Garden Of Arms is a disappointment, but by no means a failure; next time Peter Wolf Crier need to not only focus on how to make interesting-sounding songs, but how best to execute them too.

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