Long Way Down

  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Jun 24, 2013
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
Buy On
  1. Aug 2, 2013
    60
    He's got talent to spare, but at this point he's swimming in an idyllic creek, not a raging river, and no amount of howling will banish demons that have yet to be summoned.
  2. Uncut
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    For the most part, though, Long Way Down is relentless in its pursuit of a teen audience easily won over by a sensitive man-boy who knows his way around a piano. [May 2013, p.75]
  3. Q Magazine
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    There are too many songs here set to the same humdrum pace. But those are the sort of flaws you expect from a debut. [May 2013, p.112]
  4. Jun 20, 2013
    60
    He may yet rise above the glut of similar-sounding Sheehans, Buggs and Mumfords, but hasn't yet found his voice.
  5. Jun 24, 2013
    60
    Odell has shown his promise but he has yet to prove his range.
  6. 40
    Long Way Down is stuffed with bogus sensitivity, crystallisations of emotional disquiet couched in chant choruses, and polite piano arrangements reliant on a few chord-changes.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 17, 2016
    7
    Um bom álbum. nada muito grandioso, mas é agradável de se ouvir. O material contém ótimas faixas, pra falar a verdade, embora tenham algumasUm bom álbum. nada muito grandioso, mas é agradável de se ouvir. O material contém ótimas faixas, pra falar a verdade, embora tenham algumas que só a misericórdia. Full Review »
  2. Jul 5, 2013
    7
    Forget the shallow arguments against Tom Odell, 'Long Way Down' is actually a characteristic debut album with some impressive vocalForget the shallow arguments against Tom Odell, 'Long Way Down' is actually a characteristic debut album with some impressive vocal performances and singalong-inducing melodies. It's not innovative and doesn't bring anything new to the table; but it doesn't even have to. Standouts include 'Another Love', 'Can't Pretend', 'I Know', and 'Hold Me'. Full Review »
  3. Jun 29, 2013
    7
    Good, sing along tracks. Nothing ground breaking.
    I get the feeling there is a lot more to come this guy, and this album does not do him
    Good, sing along tracks. Nothing ground breaking.
    I get the feeling there is a lot more to come this guy, and this album does not do him justice. Hopefully I'm right.
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