Indigo Meadow - The Black Angels
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    The Angels are masters at sounding simultaneously cool as a block of ice and hot as hellfire, but the cunning pop melodies are the real key to this album's success.
  2. Apr 4, 2013
    60
    The sonic template, all the same, keeps this album less intense, and far less thundering. It shimmers in a light rain interspersed with sunshine. Still, haziness persists.
  3. Apr 2, 2013
    49
    It’s a not a crime for a revivalist outfit like the Black Angels to occasionally lapse into flower-power corniness; if delivered with a little self-awareness, it adds to the appeal of the anachronistic package. What’s not forgivable on Indigo Meadow is the pretension.
  4. Apr 1, 2013
    70
    The themes are invariably dark but there's always a groove. [May 2013, p.67]
  5. May 13, 2013
    80
    This fourth album finally hits the spot. [Jun 2013, p.93]
  6. May 20, 2013
    80
    Indigo Meadow is their first to perfectly balance melody with noise. [Jun 2013, p.94]
  7. Apr 15, 2013
    50
    It's a pleasant-enough swirl; more so whenever vintage organs pipe in. But it never expands your mind.
  8. Apr 1, 2013
    60
    Despite coming across as borderline pastiche, Indigo Meadow's reproduction of throwback sounds comes from a genuine place. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.90]
  9. Apr 2, 2013
    60
    Unfortunately, Indigo Meadow is a so-so affair that never quite fulfills expectations.
  10. 70
    The Black Angels don’t meander or mince words, and Indigo Meadow is a testament to that ideology.
  11. Apr 2, 2013
    77
    The album is a disjointed trip but a trip nonetheless, and few can take listeners on a wandering journey better than The Black Angels.
  12. Apr 5, 2013
    56
    Will Maas be forever obsessed with the good–evil dichotomy? The answer’s in their moniker--and their monitors.
  13. Apr 4, 2013
    67
    Produced by John Congleton, the album bridges the quartet's trademark dark reverberations with the fun-house psych of 2010 breakthrough Phosphene Dream, only with more studio effects than all four sides of The Beatles and an emphasis on the Doors' Soft Parade-era organ.
  14. Apr 10, 2013
    80
    Indigo Meadow is an assured, exciting piece of work.
  15. Apr 1, 2013
    60
    For the most part the Angels charitably continue to breath life into a ragged genre with a looseness and playfulness that belies their serious business name.

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