Hit the Waves

  • Record Label: Labrador
  • Release Date: Mar 12, 2013

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 80
    Glossy production adds a haze of late summer mist to some cleverly realised songwriting and Hit The Waves is an album that stands on its own terms musically, without its needing to explain itself or its influences.
  2. Mar 14, 2013
    The album is an undoubtedly fine affair. One just sometimes wishes Ekström might cheer up a bit
  3. Mar 11, 2013
    The combination of strong songs, Lissvik's inspired production, and the chances they take (and nail every time) make this the best Mary Onettes record yet, and the first to sound like they have their own voice.
  4. Mar 14, 2013
    Hit the Waves is so heartfelt as a pastiche of '80s alternative music that it almost muscles its way into being brilliant.
  5. Aug 8, 2013
    The songs so consistently mine the same material that it starts feeling like a portrait of our era as a deeply sad one, where lost souls abound.
  6. 60
    This is an album that, as elegant and refined as it is, will be forgotten about soon enough. That’s not to say it doesn’t deserve to be extolled for the hard work alone.
  7. Mar 11, 2013
    Hit The Waves offers little in way of innovation, an unthreatening album to Sigur Ros and The Knife’s releases later this year, but The Mary Onettes are perfectly happy to look backwards.
  8. 50
    Hit the Waves is both the darkest and the glossiest Mary Onettes record to date. That tension between style and content creates a few engaging moments, but doesn’t offer much for listeners who haven’t already subscribed to the band’s ’80s rehash.
  9. Magnet
    Mar 15, 2013
    Phillip Ekstrom's vocals echo the tortured moan of Robert Smith with a trace of Ian McCulloch's attitude, but he never manages to find his own voice. Except for the implied reggae pulse on "Blues," neither does the band. [No. 96, p.56]
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  1. Mar 12, 2013
    This is a disappointing album considering the producer was Livisik who produced the stellar Young Galaxy album "Shapeshifting" and that TheThis is a disappointing album considering the producer was Livisik who produced the stellar Young Galaxy album "Shapeshifting" and that The Mary Onettes' last album "Islands" was awesome. Pretty boring album overall and complete change of style from the previous album. Full Review »