Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Mar 5, 2013
    80
    Ultimately, Naomi doesn’t stray too far from The Cave Singers’ previous output, but she, like any good muse, will captivate, invigorate and satiate.
  2. 80
    The Cave Singers find a way to remove the corniness from a jammy folk album, instead building Naomi with honest lyrics and a soothing ramble of guitars. [Apr 2013, p.86]
  3. Mar 4, 2013
    80
    Not without fault, the album is a solid, cohesive work--and sign of The Cave Singers’ electrifying potential.
  4. Mar 6, 2013
    70
    The band demonstrates a keen awareness of how much to push and pull in any particular direction in its now firmly established folk/blues/rock axis.
  5. 70
    The simple moments are offset by grander, more exciting ones.
  6. Mar 4, 2013
    70
    The band hasn't strayed too far from what made it successful in its beginnings, but with Naomi, they've shifted their energy into producing the aural equivalent of a cloudless summer day.
  7. Mar 8, 2013
    68
    The result: catchy and chilling songs that cling to the corners of your mind and remain with you through and through.
  8. Aug 9, 2013
    60
    Certainly, there’s a fine line in-between a record bearing cohesion and every song being a clone of the tune before it, but Naomi suffers, even if slightly so, from multiple personalities.
  9. Apr 10, 2013
    60
    There isn't quite enough to genuinely stand out from the crowd. [May 2013, p.98]
  10. Mar 15, 2013
    60
    Their fourth full-length has the band members grabbing snippets of musical influence from all over the Pitchfork-approved map. [No. 96, p.54]
  11. Mar 13, 2013
    60
    Naomi is a decent album, not a good one.
  12. Mar 4, 2013
    60
    Competent. Completely forgettable.
  13. 58
    On Naomi, the Cave Singers don’t really fail at anything; however, save for a couple of moments, they don’t offer up anything all that memorable either.
  14. 50
    The varying topics and often-indistinct lyrics miscommunicate, making this record better suited for easy listening than deep delving.
  15. Mar 4, 2013
    50
    Ultimately though, they don’t commit enough to the sonic range which they eventually bring to bear, focusing too much on middle-of-the-road indie-folk.

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