Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
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  1. Magnet
    Feb 11, 2013
    Flute and saxophone abound on this record, employed with a degree of schmaltz that works against the songs more often then not. [No. 95, p.57]
  2. Feb 4, 2013
    Though Owens takes precise measures to avoid it, the downfall of Lysandre ultimately comes down to this same-y-ness, as the majority of the album's tracks do very little to truly grab the listeners attention.
  3. Feb 1, 2013
    While the concept behind Lysandre works well on Owens’ first debut outing, there is always a nagging feeling of something missing throughout the record.
  4. Jan 29, 2013
    Most of the time, Lysandre as a record feels confused and stifled.
  5. Jan 29, 2013
    No one will ever get sick of Love Songs--they're an essential product of the thing we call the human condition. But it's easy to get sick of these.
  6. Jan 17, 2013
    Aside from its travelogue conceit and the way its opening renaissance faire-like leitmotif appears on all the tracks, Lysandre suffers from a lack of direction and cohesion.
  7. Jan 16, 2013
    Instead of making the more personal record that he intended by telling his side of the tour story, Owens has created his most detached album yet.
  8. Jan 15, 2013
    As it stands, the album is a decent attempt at a fresh start that won't put off too many Girls fans, but until he figures out exactly what kind of singer/songwriter he wants to be, won't likely earn him too many new fans.
  9. 60
    Too often, it just doesn't seem like he was as ambitious with the craft of this one as he was with past efforts, however natural they may have sounded.
  10. Jan 14, 2013
    At just under a half-hour (a runtime probably inspired by the days when vinyl records could only contain about 40 minutes of music), Lysandre is a frustrating listen.
  11. Jan 10, 2013
    The results are sometimes sharp, as on mischievous New York City and Here We Go Again, with their mirrored melodies reinterpreted on flute and sax. Other times, his lyrical directness relies on clichés--reminding us that love sometimes sounds quite ordinary.
  12. Jan 7, 2013
    A terse concept album. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.89]

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