Lines - Julian Lynch
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    Lines is a sculpted spring album, still chilly in certain ways, but hinting at the sun-burned revelries of months to come.
  2. With Lines, Lynch has managed to trudge on ever closer to the boundary separating the two worlds that he calls home, though at least for now he’s decidedly, satisfyingly settled on the side of the outré.
  3. Mar 25, 2013
    80
    It's a rare occurrence to have something so academic and clearly considered come off as playful and laid-back as these songs do, but the layers of instruments never outshine the glowing optimism and simple joy of Lynch's songwriting.
  4. Mar 27, 2013
    70
    Lines is Lynch’s most complete effort, altogether more rhythmically loose and less meticulously detailed.
  5. Mar 25, 2013
    70
    Lines sounds ultramodern, but also out of time--a balance Lynch has been able to strike on earlier work, but the expansive sonic palette he's working with here offers a better showcase for that skill. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.93]
  6. Mar 25, 2013
    70
    Lynch seems comfortable here, scattering out another set of question marks, his unassuming approach etched in just a little harder with every passing release.
  7. Mar 27, 2013
    66
    Julian Lynch’s music lacks the bombast of [Nino Rota’s] works, but is similarly raucous, mysterious and full of whirling joy.
  8. Apr 12, 2013
    60
    A fair and fine experiment in folk that sees a more mature and worldly Lynch gently come to the fore.
  9. Mar 26, 2013
    60
    What Lines means, what it wants to say, is still buried in all those noises, but luckily the noises themselves have enough charm to carry the day.
  10. Mar 25, 2013
    60
    This is well worth having for fans that have worn out Mare or Terra, despite the fact that the immersive, soothing qualities that balanced the angularity on his previous releases have been ditched in favour of often shrill, jarring timbres.
  11. Mar 25, 2013
    40
    The root of the album's failings lies in Lynch's failure to take risks.

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