Memphis

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. They manage to make the grandest songs imaginable seem like they were composed with only you in mind.
  2. While the sound of this Tennessee five-piece is hardly shimmering with originality, few have imitated those sunny falsettos and sweet'n'sad melodies quite so irresistibly.
  3. Memphis is the most thrilling debut album since the Apples in Stereo's Fun Trick Noisemaker and should be embraced by anyone who likes pop music that sounds small but thinks big. These kids truly have some magic in them.
  4. All that really matters for the moment is that their debut album is an unqualified success, a concise and perfectly-presented collection of first-class pop music.
  5. Mojo
    80
    Clocking in at under half-an-hour, the album proves a short, sweet delight. [Sep 2010, p.92]
  6. The a-ha moments in the archaeological game Magic Kids sets up on Memphis are fun precisely because the songs are so unassuming in their saccharine one-dimensionality.
  7. For all its sonic worldliness, Memphis is more on the level of early, good-time Beach Boys records like Surfin' USA and Little Deuce Coupe.
  8. My problem with the rest of Memphis, then, is simple: it too often falls into retreading thoroughly explored pop without truly making it their own.
  9. Memphis, their debut LP, bottles all of that up with remarkable skill, but often to disappointing effect. Its many flourishes are much more satisfying than its songs, each dissolving on contact no matter how much buoyancy or sugar they boast for stretches.

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