• Record Label: PIAS
  • Release Date: Sep 6, 2011
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jun 15, 2011
    100
    WU LYF are a band to celebrate, a DIY tour de force, and their first album deserves a place of reverence in the modern indie-rock canon.
  2. There is the obvious notable contrast between Roberts' blunt delivery and the lushly treated instrumentation. But there's a pillowy negative space between all the divergent aesthetics that creates a resounding heft and felt resonance.
  3. Jun 15, 2011
    90
    Go Tell Fire to the Mountain and WU LYF by extension soar on how excitingly singular they are; I want nothing more than to love this, just this, forever.
  4. Sep 6, 2011
    86
    The stark contrast between frontman Ellery Robert's guttural, yell-sing vocals and the squeaky-clean instrumentation not only works harmoniously, but also creates a distinct and commanding sound.
  5. Jun 24, 2011
    84
    It's easy to imagine Go Tell Fire to the Mountain giving disaffected listeners the promise of an entry to something beyond themselves in a way that James Blake or Bon Iver can't. Maybe you've grown past that sort of thing, but what about a record of exhilarating expanse and passion that sounds like indie rock and yet feels way bigger? Well, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain is that too.
  6. Aug 5, 2011
    80
    Wu Lyf has already managed to forge something uniquely Lyf-ian--songs at once raw and rambunctious but often soaring and celestial. [Jul 2011, p.83]
  7. 80
    Manically projectile vomiting his incomprehensibles over reverb-drenched warm tones, the guy makes Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner sound like Adam Levine. He's yelling something fierce, even if we can't understand it. But the instrumentation is dynamic, powerful, and accessible enough to balance things out.
  8. 80
    A shrewdly self-marketing, purposefully confusing gaggle of musicians and visual artists, WU LYF--which stands for World Unite/Lucifer Youth Foundation--plays music that's an exhilarating blur, swathed in echo and cymbal sizzle.
  9. Jun 29, 2011
    80
    Their debut is a giant leap in the right direction. [Jul 2011, p.118]
  10. 80
    The swagger is really what drives that point home. Casual, not-bothered insouciance drips from Go Tell Fire To The Mountain.
  11. Jun 15, 2011
    80
    Some tracks are like collages of sound and voice. It rollercoasts from haunting to sad to simply exhilarating, and never loses a thrilling feeling that it could all go anywhere at any moment.
  12. Sep 30, 2011
    70
    Go Tell Fire to the Mountain is surprisingly just a little too ordinary to be considered the groundbreaker many anticipated.
  13. Jul 11, 2011
    70
    Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, and WU LYF in general, are a band handicapped, seeming less like an actual group and more of an experiment. In what? In determining how much vocal pain listeners are willing to endure if the underlying music is actually pretty good.
  14. Nov 22, 2011
    65
    Offers both considerable beauty and ugliness. [#82, p. 62]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Jun 26, 2011
    10
    An album about liberty, love and peace. A album which does justice to british political music. A masterpiece delivered with relentlessAn album about liberty, love and peace. A album which does justice to british political music. A masterpiece delivered with relentless passion. We Bros and Dirt being highlights of the album

    World unite Love you forever
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  2. Jun 18, 2011
    10
    Extremely refreshing debut from these Mancunians. They seem to be having making music and would do very well to follow up with an excellentExtremely refreshing debut from these Mancunians. They seem to be having making music and would do very well to follow up with an excellent live performance. If only Kings Of Leon didn't become Queens of Lean they would be standing on Tom Waits' plateau by now. WU LYF aren't quite there, but they certainly have the air of serious fun-making. Full Review »
  3. Mar 24, 2012
    10
    I will kid you, not. This is the best album I have heard in years. The song craft is incredible, the riffs are excellent and hook like theI will kid you, not. This is the best album I have heard in years. The song craft is incredible, the riffs are excellent and hook like the best of them and the voice... the voice! OK in three or four albums time that gruff scowl night tire but I'm sure that's what people said about Tom Waits too. This is an exquisite album. It is the first guitar album from the UK in ages to be drenched in soul and belief. You can hear the church they recorded in, the press they've avoided and the lives they've led in every track. Awesome. Download 'We Bros' for a distillation of what this album is about. Full Review »