Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
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  1. Dec 17, 2013
    60
    Even as Barnes works with a more limited palette, the drums/bass/guitar ensemble sounds as tight and crisp as could possibly be desired. He just doesn’t seem to want to be as gentle as the music that he has created here, resulting in a frustrating, and sometimes rather irritating listen.
  2. Oct 22, 2013
    40
    Lousy with Sylvianbriar is, quite simply, a weary album.
  3. Oct 18, 2013
    40
    For a group whose best moments are when they teeter on just about every edge imaginable, it's just... boring.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
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    6
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  2. Oct 28, 2013
    9
    Looks like the critics can't agree on this one. After many listens, I am hearing some influences of beatles, deerhunter, velvet undergroundLooks like the critics can't agree on this one. After many listens, I am hearing some influences of beatles, deerhunter, velvet underground and maybe even foxygen, to name a few. With the exception of the song Hegira Emigre (which should be thrown out), all the songs are fantastic. I have listened to a lot of music this year, this is one of the best of 2013. Glad they changed things up, I was never a fan before. Full Review »
  3. Oct 22, 2013
    9
    On this LP, Of Montreal give a solid release. They connect with the instrumentation found in their early works and Barnes' songwriting isOn this LP, Of Montreal give a solid release. They connect with the instrumentation found in their early works and Barnes' songwriting is still menacing and heartfelt while his vocal delivery and lyrical content communicate across the intimate and disturbing planes of emotion, which he consistently gives on every track here. The songs are cohesive however there isn't much diversity amongst the tracks. The band does however balance each style they bring into this album perfectly. There isn't too much rock and there isn't too much psychedelic flair, it's a happy medium. I do love the switch up from their previous works though, subtle electronic instrumentation is a good direction for them, really bringing out the talented strengths that the band is capable of. All in all, if there's anything to get from this, it's that you need to listen to this album and get lousy with sylvianbriar. Whatever that means.

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