Megafaun - Megafaun
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. It requires an open mind to absorb so much in one single LP, but whether you're looking for sing-along choruses, meandering instrumentals or just a damn-good listen, all three boxes will surely be inked by big fat ticks by the time the disc stops spinning.
  2. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    Yet aside from that one cut, Megafaun's self-titled album seamlessly integrates an easy-going tuneful-ness with a nearly mystical devotion to tone and texture.
  3. Sep 30, 2011
    80
    For their third studio album...Megafaun dial back the more progressive elements of their sound in favor of a languid, Laurel Canyon-inspired foundation that treads the middle ground between Blitzen Trapper's experimental, neo-Southern rock romancing, and Will Oldham's post-Palace Music infatuation with American Beauty-era Grateful Dead.
  4. Sep 23, 2011
    70
    It might not be entirely mega, but there's enough to fawn over with this robust collection of breezy and inventive Americana.
  5. Sep 23, 2011
    80
    It's apparent they're looking to construct a big tent for everyone to fit in, and unsurprisingly they're succeeding wildly.
  6. 80
    Megafaun shines the brightest on thematic tracks like "Scorned," in which you can practically feel the dust clouds after each harmonica blast and the heat shimmering in the vibrating background guitars.
  7. Sep 20, 2011
    80
    Throughout Megafaun, the balance between expectation and surprise is maintained neatly.
  8. Sep 20, 2011
    80
    Sequenced like an upside-down bell curve, the band's fetching fourth album opens with the vintage hippie wisdom, musique concrète, extended space rock, and lush, jazzy Americana of "Isadora."
  9. Sep 20, 2011
    76
    Every song has a beautiful sheen, with washy acoustic guitars bathing the listener in stained-glass glow.
  10. Sep 20, 2011
    83
    Megafaun is as distinctive as its predecessors, showing a prettier, more approachable side to a band that appears to be constantly evolving.
  11. Sep 19, 2011
    78
    Megafaun may be their most immediately ingratiating, rewarding LP yet, as well-suited for a night strapped into headphones as it is a lazy Sunday morning, dancing around the bedroom, munching casually on a pasta breakfast.
  12. Sep 19, 2011
    80
    Though they challenge genre convention with their choices of instruments and ambitious arrangements, Megafaun have made careful, spot-on assessments of what actually works within the framework of traditional roots music.
  13. Sep 19, 2011
    80
    The cause is this beautiful, intricate album. It's no mere intellectual exercise, because as compelling as these ideas are, they are overshadowed all the way through by the deep feeling and sense of discovery in these songs.
  14. Nov 3, 2011
    80
    Seek out this album if you enjoy good-natured and progressive roots music. [Oct 2011, p.105]
  15. Sep 22, 2011
    80
    As giant a leap on from the lo-fi oddness of 2009's Gather, Form & Fly as it was possible to make. [Oct 2011, p.124]
  16. Sep 20, 2011
    80
    While there is some noodling with electronica, it's the understated melodies that linger. [Oct 2011, p.93]

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