Melt - Young Magic
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Apr 4, 2012
    80
    Young Magic transform their emulation into a transformation of a style that's like nothing else out there.
  2. Mar 16, 2012
    80
    They forge a magicalworld of trippy vocal electronica.
  3. 80
    Young Magic are even more dizzyingly chaotic [than The Ruby Suns].
  4. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    Young Magic borrow influences from all over the place and transform them into a sound they can proudly call their own.
  5. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    From the album's very first strains, you know something mysterious, maybe even mystical, is afoot.
  6. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    This is a discernibly different beast from any aforementioned acts of convenient comparison – from a distance, sure, it has its similarities, but zoom in and it's an exquisite new breed to behold.
  7. There are moments where the album drags, and there's no one that's going to be declaring this a modern classic, but with this strong debut, Young Magic have cemented themselves as a band to watch in the coming years.
  8. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    A listen to Melt clearly conveys their wider world-view and is as ambitious as it is engaging (and a real treat to hear on headphones, to boot).
  9. Feb 16, 2012
    70
    It's clear that Young Magic have all the tools and instincts down pat; even without meaning to, this album delves happily, though briefly, into pop excellence.
  10. Feb 14, 2012
    70
    The band are probably a little too ambitious for their own good, but kudos to them for not holding back.
  11. Feb 13, 2012
    68
    It's a cushy listen, if not only always distinctive, particularly since the shorter tracks often amount to a cooled, deep-blue gelatin that holds the previously released singles together.
  12. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    The harmonies never reach the heights of say, Toro Y Moi--though Night In The Ocean's fusion of hip-hop thud and buzzing shoegaze guitars shows a welcome willingness to try. [Mar 2012, p.113]
  13. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    While standards are generally high on the record's first half, it feels like three EPs have been welded together to form Melt.
  14. Feb 17, 2012
    60
    Its Yeasayer-aping can seem too familiar at times, but on the whole Young Magic's debut is a beguiling brain-burp of a listen.
  15. 60
    As it stands today, they're just another band doing a very familiar thing--at least they're doing it really well.
  16. Feb 13, 2012
    60
    It's frequently impressive and occasionally lovely, but often loses its soul in Emmanuel's relentless barrage of spectacular effects. [Mar 2012, p.107]
  17. Mar 12, 2012
    50
    Repetition robbed of progression; themes are lobbed at the listener ad nauseum, until the whole thing is downgraded from "danceable" to "wallpaper."
  18. Feb 17, 2012
    50
    A largely tepid and boring travelogue across a glacial and downtempo soundscape that offers little in variety or abstraction.
  19. Feb 13, 2012
    50
    This is an LP that promised much but ultimately it's a puzzling affair.
  20. Jun 28, 2012
    40
    Melt doesn't sound fractured because of a glut of geographical references but because of its pieced-together nature.

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