Major - Fang Island
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jul 25, 2012
    80
    Major feels like the coolest church service ever, devoid of dogma and ritual, and consecrated by the unholy smack of a thousand high-fives.
  2. Jul 24, 2012
    80
    Fang Island's message of import concerns the nature of their own chosen medium - that rock music can be fun, exciting and challenging all at the same time. This album is a powerful testament to that vision.
  3. Jul 24, 2012
    69
    Major's reliance on words rather than riffs doesn't quite feel as effective or unique in conveying its highness on life. It doesn't sound notably more polished or expensive than its predecessor, just more restrained.
  4. Aug 20, 2012
    80
    Warm, welcoming and dazzling. [Sep 2012, p.100]
  5. 70
    Not be the most inspiring stuff, perhaps, but it is bloody good fun.
  6. Aug 22, 2012
    80
    Major is likely one of the few records in 2012 to appear on best-of lists due solely to its buoyancy. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.117]
  7. Jul 26, 2012
    50
    Major moves some distance away from Fang Island's core aims, and their first record's core strengths--instead offering up a collection of tracks which do far too little, for far too long.
  8. Jul 24, 2012
    75
    You will not hear another album as straight-forward, unburdened by emotional distance and downright open as this one this year. And that's Major.
  9. Jul 24, 2012
    79
    Packed with simple, poignant lyrics, the record keeps things awesome without falling prey to its own overindulgent qualities.
  10. Jul 23, 2012
    70
    While Major plays up to the strengths of its predecessor, it also showcases vocal development and keeps the familiar listener guessing.
  11. Jul 31, 2012
    62
    Fang Island seems like a kickass live band, but sound somewhat scattered on headphones.
  12. Jul 30, 2012
    50
    This is the main strength of Fang Island's songwriting, their ear for power-pop catchiness. But they've also implicitly revealed their fatal flaw: they don't give you enough of a sense of suspense and release which makes those climaxes your favourite parts.
  13. Aug 23, 2012
    90
    Major comes across as the next logical chapter for one of music's most-unique and positive forces. [No.90 p.56]
  14. Jul 24, 2012
    75
    The many-splendored guitar blitz of Major rings in the return of good old-fashioned butt rock, but played to the squarely measured rhythms of '90s emo and Northwest indie stuff like Built To Spill.
  15. Jul 25, 2012
    70
    Major doesn't run at the consistently breakneck pace of Fang Island's debut, but the group rely less on near-ludicrous histrionics and more on exhibiting the joy of creation through complex and confident songwriting.
  16. While Major has a good solid handful of inspired moments, none of this material comes close to approaching the plane as that Fang Island were operating on before.
  17. Jul 23, 2012
    60
    Much of this record deals in warm West Coast pop, its hair-rock extensions grafted on to hazy melodies and harmonies
  18. This is necessary listening for the carefree weeks before school picks up again in the fall, and it's a record you'll end up holding near throughout the entire semester and then some.
  19. Jul 27, 2012
    80
    'Major' is a more refined second effort, but one that still holds true to the band's promise of back-to-back hooks.
  20. Jul 23, 2012
    90
    If world leaders, corporate douche-monkeys and the 1 per cent could just hear Fang Island, there would be no war, inequality or bad vibes.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 3, 2012
    5
    Fang Island has crafted a record that is as annoying as it is emotionless. Their stadium rock esque riffs headline each song, and devoid any track of the little sincerity they had in the first place. It's almost as if Fang Island's greatest inspiration is the recent crop of preteens that believe the only case in which modern music is worthwhile is when it worships classic rock as much as their selves. Major's greatest crime is not in being necessarily bad; it's in it's inherent misguidedness. Full Review »