In the Cool of the Day

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Jan 18, 2011
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
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  1. Feb 11, 2011
    79
    With a truthful tone and a passionate telling, In the Cool of the Day is good salve for anyone, believer or skeptic.
  2. Feb 11, 2011
    77
    Religious music was never a hot button issue, and at no point does this, Moore's latest, feel like anything other than an honest expression of love.
  3. In The Cool Of The Day sounds like an intimate affair, like Moore has called up his friends and invited them over to the studio upon finding the Steinway piano.
  4. Feb 11, 2011
    70
    In the Cool of the Day is far from perfect, though. Moore's smooth vocal delivery suits the more minimal productions well, but it can become cloying when the backing track is too upbeat, such as on the irritating Up Above My Head.
  5. Feb 11, 2011
    67
    As it is, In The Cool Of The Day is tasteful when it should be transformative.
  6. Mar 24, 2011
    60
    Vocally, In the Cool of the Day often lacks that urgency: it's a beautifully played, highly accessible album that nevertheless leaves much less of an impact than one might expect.
  7. Q Magazine
    Mar 16, 2011
    60
    With his piano-playing accompanied by Daniel Joseph Dorff's drumming, the arrangements are minimal affairs, placing Moore's voice centre stage and allowing the songs to breathe. [Mar 2011, p.112]
  8. Uncut
    Mar 1, 2011
    60
    It's a subtly affecting record, hushed, austere, grasping for simple peace of mind with gorgeously rendered standards. [Feb 2011, p.93]
  9. Feb 25, 2011
    60
    He came up with a good set of songs, but failed to achieve what I perceive this type of music is supposed to.
  10. Feb 11, 2011
    60
    The result is an affable album that soothes but rarely dazzles, and In the Cool of the Day winds up functioning better as a contemporary reading of older songs.
  11. Feb 11, 2011
    40
    For all the nostalgia and bland meanderings it is worth visiting this record for the closing tracks alone--but you might not want to come back too often.
  12. Feb 11, 2011
    40
    The whole project is overproduced and overly slick, stripping the nuance out of the hymnal nature of the music, music that should be allowed to breathe so that it can shine.
  13. Feb 11, 2011
    30
    While I'm certain that this mode will suit Moore in his future indie folk material that is sure to come, In the Cool of the Day naturally goes from inoffensive to mildly irritating fairly quickly through repeated spins.

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