Napa Asylum

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Feb 16, 2011
    90
    So, this may be Sic Alps' best album to date.
  2. Mojo
    Apr 4, 2011
    80
    The San Francisco pair Sic Alps present 22 concise numbers and commendably few lo-fi cliches. [Feb 2011, p.99]
  3. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    Sic Alps are clearly both miles ahead of and miles away from their peers. Napa Asylum only further proves this.
  4. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    This sprawling mosaic of 22 songs has more room for melody and nuance than any of their previous albums, and they divine many moods and sounds within their fuzz.
  5. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    You may stumble upon an experiment or a minute-long fragment here and there, but the deck is stacked with memorable songcraft and an attitude that understands silliness without succumbing to sketch-comic dead ends.
  6. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    As their odd tics, off notes, and bevy of stops and starts build up, the logic of their approach becomes clearer and more addictive. In that sense Napa Asylum, with 22 songs stretched over 45 minutes, is probably the best Sic Alps full-length so far.
  7. Feb 16, 2011
    74
    Over time Napa Asylum reveals itself as remarkably cohesive and more than willing to cede points of entry every few tracks. Still an exhausting experience, sure, but one that's often thrilling, and well worth the effort it requires of us.
  8. Feb 16, 2011
    70
    For now, this just about gets the job done, but a little more variety, even if it's just a return to the noisier interludes of those past recordings, would be welcome next time.

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