Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Sep 25, 2012
    70
    Grace & Lies isn't the kind of record you could, or probably should, play every day. Not simply because it's intense or occasionally over morose but mainly because it's pretty, bloody, special. It's a little box of whispers and secrets that'll haunt your heart and dreams aplenty.
  2. Sep 20, 2012
    70
    Grace & Lies works best when it lays it on thick - opting for textures over latticework -and is least successful when it strips back and relies on its acoustic-folk undercarriage. Thankfully, the former predominates.
  3. Grace and Lies is a terrific disc and the signal of a strong new talent, but far too often the entire effort feels like a solo album and a vessel to showcase Krans' alto voice.
  4. Aug 23, 2012
    80
    Heavy, haunting and wholly captivating. [No.90 p.56]
  5. Aug 22, 2012
    30
    It rarely displays much spirit, or even a pulse. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.122]
  6. Aug 22, 2012
    70
    Grace and Lies is at its best when opposing ideas collide into each other.
  7. Aug 22, 2012
    75
    Listening to Grace & Lies can be taxing; it feels at moments like succumbing slowly to emotional frostbite. But Krans and Ollsin stir in a few furtive warm pockets to keep their record from freezing over.
  8. 70
    Powerful growth propels the music on Family Band's debut album, yet they always seem to find themselves returning to a cloudy depth, drenched in deep thought and dark notions.

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