Melbourne - Jackson Scott
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Aug 7, 2013
    80
    Melbourne is easy to listen to, but hard to make sense of.
  2. Jul 22, 2013
    80
    The cozy impressions brought to mind both by Scott's music and the image of him at work in his Asheville refuge are also set against some relatively dark themes.
  3. Jul 22, 2013
    80
    Melbourne is just the type of promising debut destined for a either cult following or a prosperous career.
  4. Jul 22, 2013
    80
    His debut album (named after his street, not the city in Oz) is a charming collection of lo-fi bedroom pop ditties that has the thematic naïveté of someone who’s just left his teen years and hometown behind.
  5. Jul 24, 2013
    77
    Scott already has his songwriting tools in place; once he finds his voice, look out.
  6. Sep 9, 2013
    70
    Beneath every stoner vocal or woozy guitar line there’s enough melodic nous to ensure Melbourne never wobbles too far into drug casualty territory.
  7. Sep 9, 2013
    70
    As a debut, Melbourne is about as honest an expression as it comes.
  8. Aug 9, 2013
    70
    All in all, it's an incredibly auspicious opening salvo from a fascinating new voice that will hopefully go on to have a career with the length and impact of his influences.
  9. 70
    Try as he might, though, he can’t cover up his odd but undeniable talents.
  10. Jul 22, 2013
    70
    It's a damn good debut from a guy worth watching out for in the future.
  11. 60
    Unfortunately, Scott is more often than not lyrically uninteresting.
  12. Sep 3, 2013
    50
    For a guy who nails the ’60s and ’90s indie pop sound so well, he didn’t do quite enough research; at least not enough to make an individual statement that’s unique and captivating for the rest of us.
  13. Jul 24, 2013
    50
    The hype experienced by budding artists like Scott can be unsettling. Generally, it elicits polarizing reactions: listeners are either staunch supporters or fervent detractors. Seldom is there an in-between. In spite of that, after digesting Scott’s debut LP, in-between is exactly where I feel.
  14. Jul 22, 2013
    40
    The songwriting is pretty much entirely solid, and there are brief flashes of idiosyncrasy, but this album boils down to being a product of the excitement of influence and just being young playing and writing music, without ever remotely threatening to stand up as something worthy of all the critical saliva that’s already dripped onto bedroom carpets worldwide.
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  1. Aug 8, 2013
    6
    Melbourne, is Jackson Scott’s debut album and he is being compared to Syd Barret with an album that he has described himself as “apocalyptic pop”.

    There is a beautiful lo-fi sound to this album and songs such as opener “Only Eternal” and “Wish Upon”, which are followed up by woozy vocals and dreamy instrumentals, yet the vocals can be a bit too much, they can whine on when what you really want is to listen to the music, like a fly obscuring a beautiful view.

    The album is still strong though, and at just under half an hour in running time, it is easy to digest and it won’t alienate listeners as it is so easy to swallow; like honey running down the gullet.

    My main gripe with the album is that I feel like it is a promo CD. I feel that this is not the real thing, it is just for show because the songs are so short that they just seem to cut out when you start to really get into them. There are a few fleshed out songs on here though, like “Evie” and “Together Forever” but I just wish there was more, I just wish there was some more experimenting in dynamics and length, because at points it can get to a stage where you’re like “Okay, I get it”.

    Overall this album is pleasant. It has a very summery yet mysterious gloom to it that can is glistened in reverb. Unfortunately it can slightly undercooked, which is a real shame.
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  2. Jul 24, 2013
    6
    Melbourne is a very soothing and relaxing tale that goes in any direction you please. It mixes psych with some pop with a little bit of eeriness. One of my favorite songs on this album, Evie" exemplifies these elements perfectly and it's really the only highlight for this album, sadly. The problem with "Melbourne" is that by the time you reach half way through the album, it starts to lose your attention. ALthough the first couple of songs are great and soothing and seem very well written, the issue is that the rest of the album sounds to similar to the point were I confuse songs because they sound too similar. Overall though, this album is a good listen for a while, but its better to move on after a couple listens because the songs sound too similar and they never really change tempo other than at the end with "Doctor Mad" (Another favorite of mine). Full Review »