Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 28, 2013
    80
    Blanket Of Leaves oozes rueful, autumnal soulfulness; you can almost feel the sea fret during the minimally arranged Ships In The Rain; only A Kingdom, with busy snare drums, hoedown fiddles and raindrop guitars, approaches anything like vigour, offering a welcome change to the mood of wistful languor. [Oct 2011, p.105]
  2. Oct 25, 2011
    80
    Another great find from Bella Union, there's not a weak moment on this engaging debut. [Oct 2011, p.124]
  3. Oct 12, 2011
    80
    Luckily, the majority of Gracious Tide, Take Me Home plays to the band's beautifully swooning strengths, and in doing so, produces one of the most majestic debuts from a British act this year.
  4. Oct 12, 2011
    80
    Gracious Tide, Take Me Home is a luminous, lilting, lovely debut album, and a perfect mood piece as the nights begin to draw in.
  5. Oct 12, 2011
    80
    As a debut, as a mark in the sand, Gracious Tide, Take Me Home is an endearing and beautifully drawn modern folk record
  6. Oct 12, 2011
    80
    Gracious Tide, Take Me Home is a frequently stunning and achingly earnest debut effort whose sugary gossamer moments find themselves perfectly underlined with a bitterly sad aesthetic, but it would definitely benefit from the rougher edges that the band bring to their live show.
  7. 70
    Gracious Tide stays with you like a dream you wish would keep recurring.
  8. Nov 11, 2011
    65
    It's deeply dreamy pop, not unlike Beach House (with whom Lanterns share a UK label in Bella Union) or Mazzy Star, though their songwriting isn't quite up to snuff with either of those.
  9. Feb 21, 2012
    60
    No, the elements Lanterns on the Lake are using are not new or novel ones, yet something fresh is still at work here.
  10. Oct 18, 2011
    60
    This is folk music given the widescreen treatment and a crisp, modern sheen. [Oct 2011, p.91]
  11. Oct 12, 2011
    60
    Paul Gregory's crackling electronic interventions and homespun production job--listen out for the creaking floorboards in Keep on Trying--do much to roughen the edges, but not enough to give this perfect music real character.

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