Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 19, 2014
    91
    Seeing a band carry on the complexities of long-form songs, especially when giving their entire selves up to the process while they’re at it, is the boldest a debut can be.
  2. Aug 13, 2014
    85
    Whatever their next move, Gist Is will leave a mark for Adult Jazz as an innovative and sophisticated act that surpassed all expectations.
  3. 85
    Gist Is shows a lightness of touch that’s few and far between on debut records.
  4. Sep 3, 2014
    80
    Because they sound so assured in this sound and its deviations, and because they carry ideas to exciting ends, I want to believe.
  5. Aug 28, 2014
    80
    Over time, a soulful, joyous record reveals itself. [Sep 2014, p.103]
  6. Aug 14, 2014
    80
    This album is a grower.
  7. Aug 14, 2014
    80
    It's both texturally ravishing and textually fascinating.
  8. Aug 13, 2014
    80
    It's uncompromising yet masterful, an auspicious and perhaps even magical first offering.
  9. By the time you reach the gentle conclusion of ‘Bonedigger’, it’s clear Adult Jazz will be inspiring their own army of rip-offs before long.
  10. Aug 1, 2014
    80
    It’s good right away, but it doesn’t make sense until later. Gist Is might take patience, but it pays off.
  11. Aug 1, 2014
    80
    Without a doubt an audacious first effort, Adult Jazz have lovingly crafted a record of intriguing, ear-catching pop music on Gist Is.
  12. Aug 6, 2014
    74
    Gist Is is full of clever turns of musical and lyrical phrase which will dispel possible accusations of self-indulgence and pretension, and somehow, within just a few listens, it becomes easy to enjoy this unusually paced album of so few easy hooks, and so many seemingly insignificant words.
  13. Aug 1, 2014
    70
    It’s an unapologetically impressive and precise record that could do more to reach out and connect, rather than just dancing off, expecting the listener to follow.
  14. Aug 20, 2014
    60
    Gist Is feels like an urgent conversation,a record driven by compulsion; fortunately, tuning in to its internal dialogue is a pleasure. [Sep 2014, p.93]
  15. Aug 7, 2014
    60
    Impressive--but even genius benefits from a little guidance.
  16. 50
    Unfortunately, it seems the desire to be wild and innovative eclipsed the will to create songs that hold together.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 6, 2014
    9
    A splashing debut in the pool of modern music, 'Gist Is' calls upon the experimentation of Dirty Projectors or perhaps even Grizzly Bear, yetA splashing debut in the pool of modern music, 'Gist Is' calls upon the experimentation of Dirty Projectors or perhaps even Grizzly Bear, yet still maintains an exciting originality in the vein of those reveal-more-with-each-listen albums that are always a delight to discover and sink into with ears fully open. Full Review »
  2. Aug 5, 2014
    10
    The best new band of 2014. Beautiful album. Beautiful textures. Beautiful music. Nothing more to say. If you have not listened yet, what youThe best new band of 2014. Beautiful album. Beautiful textures. Beautiful music. Nothing more to say. If you have not listened yet, what you waiting for? Full Review »
  3. Aug 5, 2014
    8
    Rich is sound and feeling, Adult Jazz's debut album 'Gist Is' leaves a very strong impression. While capturing both of the best aspects ofRich is sound and feeling, Adult Jazz's debut album 'Gist Is' leaves a very strong impression. While capturing both of the best aspects of bands like The Dirty Projectors and Alt-J, Adult Jazz has come up with their own creation, and a very good one. Full Review »