Moon Tides - Pure Bathing Culture
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Aug 14, 2013
    90
    It politely demands your attention; it wants to transport you elsewhere, to a place in which to daydream and reflect. Hindman and Versprille were absolutely right to go it alone; they’ve made a beautiful album.
  2. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    A record of rivers and trees rather than streets and skyscrapers, it's a blissful and quietly cosmic experience. [Sep 2013, p.98]
  3. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    Moon Tides is an assuredly confident move, and there’s so much to take in by this band. Even if they do more than tangentially sound a little like a certain Baltimore group.
  4. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    Pure Bathing Culture borrows only the best elements from the Twins, then adds more than enough of their own style and vision to make Moon Tides a dreamy triumph that is both a great debut album and a tantalizing promise for the future.
  5. Aug 15, 2013
    80
    Even when your attention starts to drift, your mind still stays within the psychedelic-tinged world the album inhabits.
  6. Aug 14, 2013
    80
    A perfect summer record for those who found the last Beach House album too wintry. [Sep 2013, p.94]
  7. Aug 19, 2013
    76
    In short, the band brilliantly harks back to the nearly forgotten art of blissful pop.
  8. Oct 21, 2013
    70
    Moon Tides doesn't quite have the same lingering effect as Beach House's Teen Dream, but there's enough here to slide into a wonderful daydream for a half-hour or so.
  9. 70
    Moon Tides is a daydream, not a rollercoaster ride, and if you’re not enchanted with the album from its earliest moments you’re unlikely to find anything that will catch your attention down the line.
  10. Aug 19, 2013
    70
    Whether it is a sense of longing or nostalgia at stake, Moon Tides is a solid, inebriating listen that will guide you through your personal transitions and leave you wanting for more.
  11. Aug 14, 2013
    68
    The dynamic between the wobbly production and the sturdy songwriting defines Moon Tides, though I wouldn’t say it causes any tension. Conflict is clearly something avoided within the tenets of Pure Bathing Culture. But it does result in a listening experience that causes more ambivalence than it probably should.
  12. 60
    The scope here is smaller, the instrumentals keener on serving as a pedestal for the vocals than as a landscape for them to get lost in.
  13. Aug 23, 2013
    60
    If no particular tracks pop out from the others, it's as much a testament to the record's consistency as its limited range.
  14. Aug 23, 2013
    60
    By the end of the album, the technical ability of Hindman and the lyricism of Versprille feel exhausted, gargled, and outsized by the very same influences that they try to honor in their thoroughly hackneyed attention to 80s Cocteau Twins-inspired rock.
  15. Aug 15, 2013
    60
    Pure Bathing Culture have created an ambient watercolour wash, but leave you fruitlessly longing for a brave splash of boldness across the canvas.
  16. Aug 14, 2013
    60
    They've created a splendidly polite fusion of Fleetwood Mac and the Cocteau Twins. [Sep 2013, p.86]

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