Hi Beams

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Apr 23, 2013
    60
    The album is chirpy, playful and transitory, dispensing 10 songs in 31 minutes.
  2. Apr 11, 2013
    60
    The tracks don’t excite particularly: it’s all rather pedestrian, with the album occasionally struggling to hold attention. This is a shame, because the album’s closer and standout track, The Stars, shows they can manage it.
  3. Q Magazine
    Apr 10, 2013
    60
    Silvery two-part harmonies, cello and snare rolls combine to excellent effect on Light Out, while Drummachines lopes along, a fuzzy bass loop and booming drum kicks offset with mildly Auto-Tuned vocals. [May 2013, p.103]
  4. Under The Radar
    Mar 22, 2013
    60
    Hi Beams is a good time, for sure, but it's not quite the high energy block party we've come to anticipate from this duo. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.100]
  5. 60
    As evidenced by their remixes, the instrumental tracks here, and some of the pithier vocals, Javelin are high-caliber producers; their lyrics and melodies just haven’t matched that intensity.
  6. Apr 26, 2013
    50
    Hi Beams is an album that delights and baffles in almost equal measures.
  7. Apr 15, 2013
    50
    Javelin's sense of ambition is certainly commendable, and despite its shortcomings, Hi Beams still provides some examples of dizzyingly odd pop.
  8. Mar 14, 2013
    50
    Despite its upbeat personality and general happiness, the album doesn’t have a distinct personality or identity.
  9. Mar 5, 2013
    48
    It's obvious that Hi Beams was meant to be a candy-colored experience, but instead of inducing a sugar rush, it results in little more than a fitful stomach ache.

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