Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Me and Armini emerges as an album suitable for bookworms and beach bunnies, homebodies and world travelers, dancers and wallflowers. Highly recommended.
  2. 70
    Torrini captures a few joyful infatuations followed by a lot of lingering wounds; she’s vulnerable but never conquered.
  3. It's more adventurous than the album prior–-and generally more successful in this eclecticism than her debut, certainly--yet that Torrini’s best work lies ahead of her seems indubitable.
  4. 80
    Emiliana is blessed in her musical collaborator Dan Carey, with whom she calibrates an acoustic-led chamber trip-hop with plenty of room for her voice to breathe. [Nov 2008, p.111]
  5. This feels more polished product and will no doubt have a broader appeal as a result, but it is a treasure of a thing and the more people that hear it the better.
  6. There is most certainly a parallel universe in which Emilana Torrini is the Next Big Thing.
  7. Torrini's voice is pleasant but also pretty anonymous, so it's therefore well-suited to any number of (mostly mellow) musical settings.
  8. Ultimately, however, Me and Armini is basically just an above-average batch of pop music that, while generally not on par with her last album, does occasionally match it’s high standards in warmth and candor.
  9. Me and Armini merely falls short of being as fully conceived as the astonoshing "Fisherman’s Woman."
  10. Me and Armini isn't an immediate record--it's too opaque, too guarded for that--but as it gives up its secrets, it slowly moves its stuff into your mind, a strange cuckoo in the musical nest. [Oct 2008, p.151]
  11. Accompanied by sultry electric guitar licks, reverb-y finger-snaps and breathy grunts, 'Gun' might be one of the sexiest bloodbaths on record--and the highlight of an album that's filled with them.
  12. 70
    Torrini's much more engaging, though, when cooing Me and Armini's less flamboyant folk pop. [Nov 2008, p.102]
  13. A chunk of Me and Armini revives that gentle acoustic mood: these tracks are beautiful in their way, mournful and gossamer-light, but insipid compared with the album's more inspired moments.
  14. 80
    This album subtly expands her metrical, folksy songcraft to the point where songs like 'Heard It All Before' and 'Fireheads' are just one spoonfed breakbeat from being charttoppers. [Oct 2008, p.113]
  15. The third album from the Italo-Icelandic Torrini juggles successfully with a plethora of genres. [Year End 2008, p.83]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. RichardD.
    Oct 24, 2008
    10
    Better than the last album - its that is possible. Forget the mediocre reviews on Metacritic, this CD is bliss on silicone.
  2. JeffD.
    Sep 29, 2008
    9
    Except for track #4, I completely love this CD.
  3. Jeremy
    Sep 26, 2008
    9
    Nearly perfect. Big Jumps is a bit corny, but the rest is really really good. My favorite tracks are: Heard it All Before, Ha Ha, Hold Heart, Nearly perfect. Big Jumps is a bit corny, but the rest is really really good. My favorite tracks are: Heard it All Before, Ha Ha, Hold Heart, and Bleeder. Full Review »