Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Under The Radar
    60
    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]
  2. 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.
  3. Atlas Sound meanders where it ponders, a purely ethereal trip without the oomph.
  4. 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.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 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 »