Native To - Is Tropical

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. 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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Aug 8, 2011
    Native To is packed with well-executed, hummable stuff, but it wears thin quickly.
  8. 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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