(K)no(w)here

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Three albums in, Wilderness's music is becoming familiar, but its familiarity is still consistently startling and creative.
  2. The record moves with an ear toward its broader gains as one song diced into eight, another crafty epic that takes its theme from this year's headlines.
  3. From this ambitious approach comes an unqualified stylistic success.
  4. The guitars come at you from all angles, drums bubble up and clatter like a perfect assembly line, the vocals soar or are flung in from behind. Melodies sneak up and poke you like stray branches. Grab your headphones and start wandering.
  5. This is strong stuff that thankfully avoids falling into crass sloganeering, and the music backs it up, it's arcing guitar lines and tribal percussion generating a growing atmosphere of anxiety, outrage and disorientation.
  6. This could prove strenuous, but the album is more contemplative than didactic--a (k)no(w)here that’s difficult to study but easy to inhabit.
  7. Despite the band's two-year hiatus, (k)no(w)here's incremental shifts-- slower tempos, starker arrangements, and the addition of McCann's high, keening backing vocals (which, somewhat disconcertingly, recall Journey's Steve Perry)-- advance the drama.
  8. An ambitious exercise of restraint, it's a lumbering beast that's minimal but still feels expansive. Epic, even.
  9. This album is the sound of a band at the top of its game, knowing its strengths and mixing them to execute a sound as best as they can.
  10. (k)no(w)here is a really good, enjoyable record that this band has already made twice before, if a little more unevenly in the past.
  11. Under The Radar
    60
    The throaty, distressed vocals of James Johnson bring a bit more center stage gristle than this feely kinda stuff often gets. Well done. [Year End 2008]
  12. With ambition and expectation clearly larger than its execution, (K)no(W)here relies too heavily on its “concept” to drive itself, music being its afterthought and, ultimately, its title only communicates its direction.
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  1. [Anonymous]
    Aug 30, 2009
    7
    I still love this band, i just don't love this album much, yet. there really is nothing quite as memorable as anything from the previous I still love this band, i just don't love this album much, yet. there really is nothing quite as memorable as anything from the previous two albums. though, it seems, this album shows a desire to build on their sound. not a disappointment, not a must. Full Review »
  2. RobertP
    Dec 6, 2008
    10
    This is an album you want to keep a secret. Wait, I just ruined it! It's radical.
  3. qaddis
    Nov 21, 2008
    8
    Mesmerizing. Indefinable atmosphere--it's apocalyptic but not hopeless; it's reverential. This could rock a few souls, but most Mesmerizing. Indefinable atmosphere--it's apocalyptic but not hopeless; it's reverential. This could rock a few souls, but most will not stick around long enough to reap the rewards. Hard to see the band picking up new fans with this one. Full Review »