Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Feb 4, 2013
    90
    For their third album together, John Elliott, Steve Hauschlidt and Mark McGuire bring the same sense of fearless adventure to them modular synths, creating a seven-song cycle unlike anything in the Emeralds canon yet.
  2. Jan 4, 2013
    75
    It's easily Emerald's least utilitarian album yet. [No. 94, p.53]
  3. Dec 5, 2012
    80
    Just as there's something inescapably seductive about fast cars in a nocturnal metropolis, there's something innately pleasurable about this Emeralds release. [Nov 2012, p.58]
  4. Nov 29, 2012
    50
    Just to Feel Anything never quite seems to justify itself in the way that Does it Look Like I'm Here did, to compel you to pay attention in spite of its apparent familiarity, by whatever method. And as a result, it just feels like a lot of wasted energy.
  5. Nov 26, 2012
    60
    To write off Just to Feel Anything as a misfire would be a mistake, it's full of highlights and tiny moments of golden perfection which will help it find a home in the hearts of fans and critics alike. It's just that a glossy patina makes them hard to discern.
  6. Nov 14, 2012
    70
    There's much to recommend Just To Feel Anything and while, as with all retro-leaning instrumental rock, the question of its exact purpose is perhaps a little hard to answer when the details come together, as in Adrenochrome's shifting bass-line, or in how the title track gradually blossoms into life, such concerns are ultimately rendered entirely, wonderfully, redundant.
  7. Just shy of magnificent and unprecedentedly accessible, Emeralds' latest is not their best work, but at least in terms of the group's development, it's among their most exciting.
  8. Nov 13, 2012
    70
    Tightened and more focused, Just To Feel Anything wouldn't entirely jar the listener out of their headphones. Still, it shines when you hold it up to the light.
  9. Nov 12, 2012
    70
    There's real drama in the band's sweeping crescendos and ringing guitar chords; there's something genuinely affecting in their newfound emo overtones.
  10. Nov 9, 2012
    80
    Part of what makes Just to Feel Anything such a rewarding listen is its ability to quickly shift between aerial jams and understated lulls without abandoning Emeralds' unspoken ethos.
  11. Nov 8, 2012
    80
    While some longtime fans may find Just To Feel Anything's retreat from the cosmos a disappointment, the album's relative conceptual restraint actually allows it to be even more emotionally accessible, inviting the listener into the trio's interstellar clubhouse instead of only letting us peak in from the outside.
  12. 63
    The Ohio trio took their time with Feel Anything, arriving at this more focused, albeit less celestial, effort.
  13. Nov 6, 2012
    70
    While there are some audible growing pains, Just To Feel Anything holds a great deal of promise and first-rate material.
  14. Nov 6, 2012
    80
    What emerges is a cathartic, theta-wave blend that could score a fighter jet skirmish over a Himalayan peak during a lightning storm and the opening montage of a siren-strobed cop show from 1985 with equal efficacy.
  15. Nov 6, 2012
    70
    The amped-up chiptunes and film score moments are interesting enough, but the band sound their best when expanding on the lush tones and tension-laden improvisations they've been working on since the beginning.
  16. Nov 5, 2012
    50
    The first four tracks are surprisingly limp-leaved, pastel-shaded electro-synth in a decidedly retro vein. From then on, it gets better. [Dec 2012, p.71]
  17. Nov 5, 2012
    80
    Just to Feel Anything doesn't disappoint, although those eager for meditative meanderings might feel detached from its propulsive, purposeful tangents.
  18. Nov 5, 2012
    50
    It's always interesting to hear artists develop, but one can't help but question the conviction here.
  19. Nov 5, 2012
    59
    Rather than dismiss Just to Feel Anything as a mistake, perhaps it's better to think of it as a mixed detour, one that some of the band's followers might in fact welcome.
  20. 80
    The album really peaks though in its most contemplative moments.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 6, 2012
    5
    I've been a huge fan of Emeralds and all their solo projects, and although one might squint to see the merits that were intended to be there, both at each moment and taken as a whole there is no depth to be found here. God, what were they thinking with the drum machine. Full Review »