Human Bell

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Filter
    82
    The final product does its players incredible justice, as each pluck and stoke resonates to a chilling effect. [Winter 2008, p.100]
  2. This is a wonderful album, easily as good, though perhaps less immediately accessible, than last year’s "Rites of Uncovering."
  3. It’s post-rock burning its beret, Americana for the post-apocalypse.
  4. It sounds counterintuitive, but the unconventional nature of Human Bell is the very thing that holds it back.
  5. Mojo
    60
    The air of gentle rustic drama is enhanced by discreet flourishes of trumpet, vibraphone, bowed banjo, amplified kalimba and quartz singing bowl. [Mar 2008, p.113]
  6. It feels neither like redemption nor realization; rather, it's just a reminder that--for the past 45 minutes--you've been sitting alone in a room with stable gases. Nothing has changed.
  7. Although the guitar sounds are very pretty and sublime it’s tough to listen to an album where the songs follow the same exact boring formula.
  8. Unfortunately, what starts off like clockwork ends up as predictable as the inevitable passage of time.
  9. Uncut
    40
    it's full of lovely moments, but it nees more edge to keep you from snoozing. [Apr 2008, p.91]

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