II - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
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  • Summary: The second release for the psychedelic rock band led by Ruban Nielson was written while on tour.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Feb 5, 2013
    100
    Far-out, fascinating, fantastic--just plain F-ing good.
  2. The trance-like pace of II serves to reinforce the album rather than weaken it.
  3. Feb 28, 2013
    82
    The production is minimal, leaving II feeling pure and honest.
  4. 75
    [A] frustratingly muted but nevertheless enthralling follow-up.
  5. Feb 5, 2013
    73
    When II is truly on, it's proof that great albums aren't the sole measure of a great band, a subtle advance that puts Unknown Mortal Orchestra right back where they started: something of a mystery, but one that will certainly be interesting going forward.
  6. 70
    While II doesn’t kick around quite the same as its predecessor, it makes up for that with subtleties.
  7. Feb 22, 2013
    50
    While it still has a few standout moments that grab the listener and spark a mood, it’s only occasionally eventful and, ultimately, doesn’t reach the heights of its predecessor.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Nov 1, 2013
    8
    A catchy album with vocals that are reminiscent of a psychedelic rock but played over these fresh and catchy little guitar riffs. The album definitely provides a few songs that will make you want to listen to it again and again. A very quality album through and through. Expand
  2. Feb 11, 2013
    8
    This is a good album. A big improvement from their debut for sure. The ideas on this album are more developed and better executed than they were on their first release. The album starts off with three gems; "From the Sun" "Swim and Sleep" and "So Good at Being in Trouble" are all great examples of the growth and maturity this band's songwriting has gone through all three songs being examples of great ideas that are executed superbly. The middle of this album, however, does drag. "The Opposite of Afternoon" is a definitely a song that grows on you after a few listen, as is "Monki". The album also ends off strongly with "Faded in the Morning" and "Secret Xtians". Overall I'd say this is a great album, and a step in the right direction for Ruban and the gang. Ruban's songwriting definitely matures here, and boy, let me say, he absolutely shreds on guitar. The production is also perfected as the lo-fi/psych. rock feel is still there but it's a lot smoother and easier to take in right away. This album has just gotten me even more excited about this bands potential and future releases. Overall a pretty good album with a few gems. Collapse