Move in Spectrums - Au Revoir Simone
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  • Summary: The first release in four years for the Brooklyn synth-pop trio was produced by the Violens' Jorge Elbrecht.
  • Record Label: Moshi Moshi Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Sep 25, 2013
    80
    Like everyone from Young Marbles Giants to Stereolab, less is always more with ARS, making every choice more deliberate and powerful. [No. 102, p.52]
  2. Sep 26, 2013
    80
    As with every Au Revoir Simone record, it's so easy to sling your headphones on and find yourself swept up in the music.
  3. Dec 4, 2013
    80
    It's a subtle album, one that will wrap the listener up and carry them off to the land of sleep. [Nov-Dec 2013, p.94]
  4. Sep 27, 2013
    73
    Dramatic and driving, it never quite escapes the upper atmosphere, though thick loopy synth shapes provide an ample climax, showing how this band can go bigger without forsaking its cloistered center.
  5. Oct 31, 2013
    70
    For all its luscious singing and soft, soothing synth tones, Move in Spectrums exudes a certain chilliness.
  6. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    Not until "Hand Over Hand" does the band let lazier atmospherics trump their talent for catchy songcraft, with the song never quite building to anything resembling the memorable melodies of the album's highlights.
  7. Sep 23, 2013
    60
    Move in Spectrums is a deeply controlled sea of melancholic ambience, loaded front-heavy with infinitely more engaging moments than its murkier second half.

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  1. Nov 2, 2013
    4
    Au Revoir Simone's new "Move in Spectrums" is technically excellent with flawless singing but at the same time it's cold and shallow in itsAu Revoir Simone's new "Move in Spectrums" is technically excellent with flawless singing but at the same time it's cold and shallow in its overwhelming ephemeral theme. This work is much more useful as light background music for meditation and bathing than as an enjoyable musical experience worthy of playlists. It's nothing like their other two wonderful efforts in "The Bird of Music (2007)" and 2009's "Still Night, Still Light". Most of the songs from those albums are in my playlists but I'm sorry to say that none of "Move in Spectrums" will move there. Hopefully AR Simone's next effort is more like their earlier successes. Expand