Hymns - Cardinal
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  • Summary: This is the first album in nearly 20 years since Richard Davies and Eric Matthews released their debut albums as Cardinal in 1994.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jan 18, 2012
    80
    Reconvened 17 years later, Cardinal shows their hushed melodies and chamber pop sensibilities gel just as well now as they did originally.
  2. Feb 8, 2012
    80
    ["General Hospital" is] a rare mis-step on a collection of songs that's beautifully judged, possessed of an idiosyncratic melodic logic that few can equal.
  3. Jan 24, 2012
    67
    Hymns is a good, but not great, album.
  4. Jan 18, 2012
    64
    While it's nice to finally hear these two follow up on a promising debut, Hymns isn't likely to capture many people who weren't taken with the original Cardinal record.
  5. Jan 31, 2012
    60
    Hymns is worthy if never quite stratospheric heir. [Feb 2012, p.102]
  6. 30
    For a pair of wannabe pop classicists, Cardinal's cardinal sin is the failure to provide anything approaching a whistleable melody.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 27, 2012
    9
    nice to hear this heavenly band again! If the first album remains unbeatable, this is a really good sequel, hope we won't have to wait anothernice to hear this heavenly band again! If the first album remains unbeatable, this is a really good sequel, hope we won't have to wait another 18 years!!! Expand
  2. Jan 30, 2012
    7
    Unabashedly British with a healthy tinge of modern psychedelia. Kind of like mid-period XTC without some of the more daring chord changes. IUnabashedly British with a healthy tinge of modern psychedelia. Kind of like mid-period XTC without some of the more daring chord changes. I hear a bit of Blur in there also. I can't say I know anything about Cardinal but after hearing Hymns I'm definitely interested to see what they do next. Quality stuff, here. Expand