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Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. 90
    This album is too good to dally over, because it's so good, jaw droppingly good, not a false note in the bunch kind of good.... Record of the year stuff.
  2. Apr 9, 2012
    80
    New Wild Everywhere conveys a new maturity for the GLS, showcasing the assembled talents of the members, and highlights promises of even better things to come in their future.
  3. Apr 5, 2012
    80
    The result is a poppy, polished, triumphant record augmented by backup vocals and violin from new member Miranda Mulholland.
  4. Apr 3, 2012
    80
    Jokes are fairly hard to come by on a record chocked with sleepy, lilting stomp-alongs like these, but fortunately the gaps are filled by warmth, quality and not a little fiddle-playing.
  5. Apr 3, 2012
    80
    When Dekker and company mate them with the spare and echoing folk of "The Knife," the rollicking, steel-and fiddle-driven country rock of "Changes With the Wind," or the stately swell of the "Quiet Your Mind," they produce something of understated yet resonant beauty.
  6. Apr 13, 2012
    75
    At times, the country air's so strong you can smell the hay/freedom. Far more often, though, Dekker and company find the sweet spot.
  7. Apr 3, 2012
    75
    Great Lake Swimmers' mix of clean, '70s-style country rock with Old World European grace is never less than inviting.
  8. Apr 3, 2012
    70
    The result is their most mature and polished LP to date.
  9. May 25, 2012
    60
    It's fine. It's well-rounded. It's cosy.
  10. Apr 25, 2012
    60
    The fifth album by Great Lake Swimmers, called New Wild Everywhere, is melodic and graceful.
  11. 60
    The album title evokes a sense of novelty and wonder, but paradoxically, the summation of New Wild Everywhere is not as great or wild as that of previous albums.
  12. Apr 11, 2012
    60
    An album that feels sometimes self-assured and under control and at other times far too hemmed in.
  13. Magnet
    Apr 6, 2012
    60
    There's an easy likeability to Great Lake Swimmer's latest release. [Yet] many songs don't hold up on repeated listens. [#86, p.54]
  14. Apr 4, 2012
    60
    New Wild Everywhere may not bring anything new to the table, but what It does bring, as is the case with the best comfort food, has been honed to perfection.
  15. Apr 4, 2012
    58
    The result is an album that is altogether pleasant, but just doesn't do enough to distinguish itself on the map from the rest in its genre.
  16. Apr 4, 2012
    57
    Their weakest record to date, one that lacks the subtle power and distinctive personality of their best work.
  17. 50
    Great Lake Swimmers' sugar-sweet ditties easily drift in one ear and, unfortunately, out the other.
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  1. May 26, 2012
    6
    Great Lake Swimmers is best known from a very subdued, almost lethargic compositions. Even the most famous song - "Rocky Spine," concludesGreat Lake Swimmers is best known from a very subdued, almost lethargic compositions. Even the most famous song - "Rocky Spine," concludes with a note of melancholy itself. The bigger surprise is the latest album - "New Wild Everywhere" which, by both: the title track and songs such as "I Think That You Might Be Wrong" or "Changes With The Wind" shows the new positive - and much more melodic style of the band. The album is not lacking, of course of typical ballads - just mention "The Great Exhale" or "The Knife". Full Review »