Heavy Mood - Tilly and the Wall
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 10, 2012
    74
    If you're a grown-up who harbors a playful streak of rebellion, here's your new soundtrack.
  2. Oct 1, 2012
    70
    Midway through Heavy Mood, Tilly hits a lull; "Hey Rainbow" and "I Believe In You" just don't pack the eclectic Tilly punch.... The pace picks back up with aggressively positive ender "Defenders."
  3. Oct 10, 2012
    65
    The 10-song Heavy Mood is eclectic enough to say that the band has matured. Almost. [No. 92, p.60]
  4. Nov 21, 2012
    60
    The hobnailed thud and electronic clatter of Youth and Love riot force the seriousness but when they hit their exuberant stride, they pull on legwarmers and dance the night and cold away. [Dec 2012, p.88]
  5. Nov 1, 2012
    60
    It's a tighter take on pop than their early records, but as the storming energy that kicks off Heavy Mood begins to ebb away the group begins to feel oddly charmless.
  6. Oct 19, 2012
    60
    Their fourth effort is sabotaged by a weak second half spent on played-out '80s darkwave fascinations. [Nov 2012, p.94]
  7. Oct 1, 2012
    60
    Some judicious editing on the band's part would have made this a worthy follow-up to their first two excellent albums but as it stands, it's more of a confused and confusing record that is hard to recommend to anyone except fans who came on board when O was released.
  8. Oct 1, 2012
    59
    What feels missing from Heavy Mood is specificity: Where are the characters, and what became of those kids passed out on the lawn? The heart of Heavy Mood is lost its in own sloganeering.
  9. Oct 10, 2012
    55
    For every standout near the beginning of the album-most notably the catchy girl group-aping "All Kinds of Guns"-there's a sorta-tedious ballad near the end.
  10. Dec 19, 2012
    50
    Heavy Mood has some good songs on it, but if you'd ask me which way to point I'd still say Bottoms of Barrels (the band's 3rd record).
  11. Oct 5, 2012
    50
    There's a lack of progression from previous albums that makes Heavy Mood a bit of a disappointment.
  12. Oct 1, 2012
    50
    Whereas the previous three Tilly & the Wall albums always featured a certain pop-wise innocence, despite whatever eccentricities they might also feature, Heavy Mood is mostly devoid of such.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 20, 2012
    8
    I'm very surprised this album didn't receive better reviews. You know that kind of band that you