Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. The music married to these wonderful lyrics is touching, gorgeous and stunning and there is no doubt in my mind that Atlas Sound has created, arguably, the best album of the year.
  2. 90
    Cold and sweet all at once while perched atop a reef of moody Krautrock, Let the Blind Lead has a progression that melts more than it floats.
  3. As with each of Cox's projects, Let the Blind works best as a swirling, disorienting whole, organizing traditionally abstract styles like graphic-design elements within his unifying vision until they communicate like good pop.
  4. While the record pleases on most all levels, the flavor of sound at times feels somewhat generic and a bit too lethargic, which keeps the disc from being great.
  5. Cox blends rock instruments with organs, harps and his haunting, languid voice, and the result is a gentle, richly textured wall of sound.
  6. 80
    His gentle mantric vocals and concise, evocative lyrics drift through layers of treated instrumentation and ambient electronica. [Apr 2008, p.112]
  7. Bradford Cox has created a work that musically and lyrically will attach itself to your consciousness, reflecting exterior experience and encouraging inner association with the former.
  8. Cox followed his muse and ran with it, and what resulted is a collection of music that's as intriguing as its creator.
  9. There are times on Let the Blind…, when the music around Cox veers subtly in the right direction, where you can hear the grub’s surprise as he wakes up with Great Admiral wings, ugly white noise turning psychedelic.
  10. He easily sidesteps the drama that dogged he and his band throughout 2007 (and ultimately led to their declaration of hiatus towards the end of the year), turning Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel into a beautifully melancholic slice of shimmering, ambient pop.
  11. 80
    While Cox’s narratives make little sense (much of the time, he’s not even singing so much as wailing wordlessly), the music is surprisingly accessible.
  12. Let the Blind Lead‘s lovesickness and confessions, however, are as tenderly delivered as its hazy atmospherics are, and in their bare authenticity, are far more compelling in repeat indulgences than Deerhunter’s explorations.
  13. Each song has a distinctive quality that stands on its own. However, when you back away from the album as a whole, you begin to see that all these individual elements unify to make a greater holistic product.
  14. Cox projects an otherwordly allure in his atmospheres and melodies that recall My Blood Valentine's recasting of rock as sound that prioritizes erotic texture and swoon-worthy levitation. [Mar 2008, p.140]
  15. It's an uneven and at times painfully intimate record, but one that confirms the talent of a songwriter obsessed with illuminating his interior truth.
  16. As is often the case with that genre [Too Pure acts like Seefeel], certain songs feel aimless and in dire need of an editor. But when they coalesce (as on the tender lament "Recent Bedroom" or the gentle Jesus And Mary Chain pop of "Ativan") it creates a beautiful, truly immersive world tailor-made for hiding and healing.
  17. 70
    In flashing back, Cox smears just the right amount of Vaseline on the lens. [Mar 2008, p.96]
  18. The album's not faultless: as with Deerhunter, Cox has the tendency to try too hard to be profound, wanting so badly to say something important that he sounds trite and forced, and untrustworthy, but when he's able to forget about conveying some kind of meaning and instead focuses on the actual music, his message--one of pain and love and feeling lost, of trying desperately to understand--is undeniable.
  19. 70
    On his solo debut, Bradford Cox sinks, phantomlike, into lush, highly processed arrangements of organ, drum machine and (evidently) whatever instrument is laying around. The disappearing act really can be magical.
  20. At times, it's as moody and transporting as great film music, but, fat too often, these songs never materialize into anything more substantial than vapor. [Winter 2008, p.80]
  21. Let The Blind never pitches badly or throws up a truly terrible track to mack on and leaves me with the potentially duff argument that this record is really good at what it does, but what it does so exactingly reaches for breadthlessness that its under-ambition ends up under-cutting what made the songs pleasant and amenable in the first place.
  22. Atlas Sound meanders where it ponders, a purely ethereal trip without the oomph.
  23. The psychiatric exercise of creating the album may have done him some good, but fans of Deerhunter's transcendent rock will have to wait for the band's next album if they want the kind of catharsis that is only hinted at here.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 31, 2012
    10
    Intimate, hurtful and achingly beautiful. A truly excellent album, that needs a open heart to listen to it. It engages the listener in aIntimate, hurtful and achingly beautiful. A truly excellent album, that needs a open heart to listen to it. It engages the listener in a personal journey. The sound is grainy, but sometimes has clear electric beats that accompany it greatly. Full Review »
  2. ChristianP.
    Feb 25, 2008
    8
    This is a really strong album. I enjoy it more than the Deerhunter album. The vocals are lovely and the music is hauntingly beautiful -- I This is a really strong album. I enjoy it more than the Deerhunter album. The vocals are lovely and the music is hauntingly beautiful -- I suppose I had low expectations, but this is a solid album. Full Review »
  3. NHarpham
    Feb 24, 2008
    9
    Cryptograms snuck up on me and beat me over the back of my head. I had no idea how powerful that album would be, in fact I didn't like Cryptograms snuck up on me and beat me over the back of my head. I had no idea how powerful that album would be, in fact I didn't like it the first few times through. Most top tier albums are that way for me. So I can happily say that while I don't like this a lot on initial listen, I didn't like most of my all-time faves on initial listen. But there is just enough there to keep me coming back again. So many great albums aren't instantly likable. The albums that are instantly likable usually have a short shelf life. I'm really excited to unlock the secrets here. Full Review »