Loud Planes Fly Low

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Jun 7, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. From heartache and vulnerability through to acceptance and salvaging a friendship when all could have potentially been lost, who needs a plane to fly low when the detail and scenery on offer here in these forty minutes is already far more beautiful, dazzling, and effortlessly uplifting?
  2. Jun 13, 2011
    Loud Planes Fly Low captures fragmented moments instead of formless dreams and random wishes: the melancholia that lingers throughout feels like one of experience rather than self-conscious ennui.
  3. Jun 20, 2011
    The most interesting thing about Loud Planes Fly Low is the way it uses that rift, confronting the inherent tension and wringing it out. It may not be Howard and Crisp's best work to date, but it's perhaps their darkest, sincerest, and least expected.
  4. 40
    The Rosebuds instead have limited themselves and recorded an album that's generally good while being limited in its emotional scope and thus utterly disappointing in the long run.
  5. 70
    It's not entirely clear yet whether Loud Planes Fly Low will be the Rosebuds' swan song or simply a restatement of purpose, but either way, the band has delivered one of the most arresting breakup albums since Beck's Sea Change.
  6. Jun 10, 2011
    Loud Planes Fly Low's true intentions are realized once songs such as "Waiting for You" seep into your bones.
  7. Jul 7, 2011
    Loud Planes Fly Low has heart and soul to it, both very familiar with wells of confusion and despair; unfortunately, it's not the first heart and soul to chart these depths.
  8. Jun 10, 2011
    Loud Planes documents not the dissolution but the redefinition of their relationship; it's a staying-together album, which not only makes it much more interesting but provides a persuasive argument for their musical compatibility.
  9. Jun 10, 2011
    Still, you can't shake the feeling that Loud Planes Fly Low is about parting ways.
  10. Jun 13, 2011
    It's an album that sounds like it was difficult to make, as these two move from being the couple to being the players, and that difficulty yields some of their most beautiful moments on record yet, even if it also (and perhaps necessarily) gets in the way of the songs sometimes.
  11. Jun 13, 2011
    Some marriages end with shrieks, others with sighs. On Loud Planes Fly Low, Rosebuds co-conspirators Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp set their breakup sighs to a Greek chorus of lo-fi keyboards, singing things they can't bring themselves to say.
  12. Jun 10, 2011
    Making the record was reportedly grueling, but the resultant emotions are the realest felt since the duo's exuberant 2003 debut, Rosebuds Make Out. "Swooning" and "romantic" might be odd adjectives to use at this juncture, but they still apply in full force.
  13. Jun 10, 2011
    In all, Loud Planes Fly Low is a mature and fitting send off for a romantic relationship. Here's hoping it's not a requiem for The Rosebuds as well.
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  1. Sep 14, 2011
    As with all Rosebuds albums, there is a somewhat different sound here. Definitely with more depressing tones, but still the odd song of hope.As with all Rosebuds albums, there is a somewhat different sound here. Definitely with more depressing tones, but still the odd song of hope. Really a great album, particularly 'Woods', 'Cover Ears' and the title track. Full Review »