Marble Son - Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 26, 2011
    80
    Terrific, genre-flipping from Seattle collective. [Jun 2011, p.92]
  2. Aug 10, 2011
    80
    Guitars and keyboards take varying paths through each song, gathering for dynamic swells that grow overwhelming, and overlapping in ways that only appear to be serendipitous. There's nothing neo- about this band's psychedelia.
  3. Aug 9, 2011
    80
    Marble Son is a tough cookie and won't cheapen itself for your affection which, naturally, makes it even more lovable.
  4. Aug 9, 2011
    80
    For all the new sonic waves undulating through this record, however, the band's distinctive identity still shines--there's no mistaking Marble Son for the work of anyone else, and it's the ability to evolve while still remaining true to core values that makes Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter great.
  5. 80
    This is a complex, fascinating record that punches the shoulder for attention.
  6. Aug 9, 2011
    70
    Wandscher (an original member of Whiskeytown) drives the ship with riffage ranging from gently atmospheric to snarling quasi-metallic. Still, it's Sykes' voice that impresses.
  7. Aug 9, 2011
    70
    Marble Son is still dominated by elegant, wistful songs that sound like they were conceived on a mountaintop and set adrift to float in a cloudless sky, dipping down just long enough for listeners to get an earful of the airy delights they offer.
  8. Aug 12, 2011
    59
    Instead of exploring their sound and growing more dexterous over time, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter have backed themselves into a creative corner on Marble Son--with a sound so austere it becomes tedious instead of heady, tentative instead of revelatory.

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