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Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Mar 5, 2013
    80
    Added up, it's a departure for sure, but it's a swerve that's easy to follow.
  2. Javelin’s sound has in fact undergone distilled changes, but the result is still a fun album that once again brings up the question of what could be next for the duo.
  3. Apr 23, 2013
    60
    The album is chirpy, playful and transitory, dispensing 10 songs in 31 minutes.
  4. Mar 14, 2013
    50
    Despite its upbeat personality and general happiness, the album doesn’t have a distinct personality or identity.
  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 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.
  7. Apr 26, 2013
    50
    Hi Beams is an album that delights and baffles in almost equal measures.
  8. Mar 5, 2013
    70
    We are treated to a smorgasbord of pop's finest elements, blended together in a dizzying melting pot of ideas that could've easily failed, but surprisingly and pleasantly succeeds.
  9. Apr 16, 2013
    85
    Hi Beams has style to burn, colorful as a candy store and shiny as new-molded plastic. [No. 97, p.56]
  10. 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.
  11. 70
    it's largely a successful experiment, with sumptuous keyboard melodies and live drum breaks replacing the heaped samples of old.
  12. 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.
  13. Mar 5, 2013
    70
    Depending on what’s expected from the band, some fans will likely have an initially lukewarm reaction to what Langford and Van Buskirk are trying to do here. Give it time, though, and the various dimensions of the album open up, revealing a band that’s capable of more than what many people expected of them.
  14. 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]
  15. 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]

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