Native To


Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 7, 2011
    A hugely entertaining dance-rock romp.
  2. Jun 30, 2011
    The tunes here are good enough to warrant repeated listens and when the album hits its stride, it's got a couple of proper anthems. It's not trying to be anything particularly clever or innovative--and it's fair to hope for some sort of evolution for a second album--but the trade off is a satisfying one.
  3. 60
    Even though Native To is a pleasant introduction, there's nothing urgent here.
  4. Uncut
    Jul 15, 2011
    Such a see-what-sticks approach means Native To clunks in places, but when they get it right their enthusiasm is infectious. [Jul 2011, p.87]
  5. Jun 30, 2011
    With the best of the bunch already out there, the rest simply feels disposable by comparison. You can't help feeling Is Tropical may have made a mistake by playing their aces too early. Lucky they've got that video then.
  6. 60
    Though Gary Barber's half-spoken, oh-so-London urchin coo brings a little quirk to proceedings, for the most part Native To is a pleasant but not memorable listen.
  7. Aug 8, 2011
    Native To is packed with well-executed, hummable stuff, but it wears thin quickly.
  8. Q Magazine
    Jun 30, 2011
    Not much helped by their enervating vocals, debut release Native To is lo-fi '80s-influenced synth-pop that simply comes and goes, serving no discernible purpose at all. [Jul 2011, p.120]

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