Invitation Songs

  • Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Sep 25, 2007
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Like unsettling lullabies, The Cave Singers brand of folk music is contemplative, but isn’t that of a summery strum.
  2. If these songs constitute the Cave Singers' most pronounced attempts at transcending standard folk tropes, it's the gentle, percussion-free lullaby 'Helen' that ultimately proves most successful.
  3. The Cave Singers' methods are clearer and less complicated than say, Joanna Newsom or Sufjan Stevens.
  4. Invitation Songs is a welcome, and welcoming, debut.
  5. 60
    If 'Called' and 'Dancing on Our Graves' try too hard to conjure the spooky vibe of ancient American roots music, the persistent acoustic guitars produce waves of modern static tension.
  6. 62
    Like a drifter telling stories, the music is precocious yet consistently repetitious.
  7. Invitation Songs is one of the most genuine pieces of new music to come out of the hipster-infested woods in all of 2007.
  8. Invitation Songs is as compelling and likeable as their combined past projects were hard and edgy, as if they've been doing Nick Drake covers all along. That's no small feat.
  9. Under The Radar
    70
    Invitation Songs is a straightforward, but nonetheless intriguing, take on classic Americana with flourishes of electronica. [Fall 2007, p.82]
  10. Mojo
    60
    'Dancing On Our Graves' pumps out a footstomping rhythm but there's no happiness here, just bleakness, and all the more convincing for it. [Mar 2008, p.112]
  11. Uncut
    60
    When the shuffly mountain music is bolstered by some unobtrusive electronics it sounds more natural than it should. [Mar 2008, p.84]
  12. Q Magazine
    60
    Invitation Songs treads a well-worn path through dusty Americana, but with aplomb. [Mar 2008, p.100]
  13. Magnet
    80
    The members of The Cave Singers seem intent on scraping away their previous bands' noise and bluster to find a music that's no less nervy and riveting. [Fall 2007, p.92]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. MarjaM
    Jan 3, 2008
    9
    Really, one of the most underrated albums of '07. Others being Fionn Regan, Great Lake Swimmers, and Junior Boys. Is it Me?
  2. PatrickM
    Oct 26, 2007
    8
    Do I hear the potential for something as intriguing as the first Clap Your Hand Say Yeah CD? Yes, I do! This is a very good CD and I Do I hear the potential for something as intriguing as the first Clap Your Hand Say Yeah CD? Yes, I do! This is a very good CD and I won't be surprised if their next one is a breakout. (Check out their "new demo" on their My Space page.) Full Review »