Nightingale - Erland and the Carnival
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  • Summary: On their second album, the three-piece from London--including former Verve guitarist Erland Cooper--continue to create musical poetry with atmospheric soundscapes.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
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  1. Mar 29, 2011
    80
    Cinematic, crammed full of literary allusions, odd time signatures and mature-in-wood musical textures, Nightingale is a record that will haunt you if you let it. [Mar 2011, p.110]
  2. Mar 29, 2011
    80
    Like the trio's eerie, 2010, eponymous debut, 2011's Nightingale feels like a relic that's been spruced up, remixed, and then planted back in the earth for some future generation to stumble upon, crack open, and germinate a scene with.
  3. Mar 30, 2011
    80
    Clearly steeped in the great tradition of the British folk song, yet able to combine its structure and ethos with rock rebellion from both classic psych and more recent guitar rock, Erland & The Carnival's Nightingale is a distinctive exemplar of folk revivalism for the age of indie.
  4. Mar 29, 2011
    68
    It's hard to discern their true mission, but Nightingale is best when it traffics in the modest pleasures of a memorable melody or a pointed lyric.
  5. Apr 5, 2011
    67
    On Nightingale, Erland And The Carnival succeed in integrating a variety of musical styles into a distinctly old-world vibe.
  6. Mar 29, 2011
    60
    The band's one weakness lies in the voice of Orkney folk obsessive Erland Cooper, a thin, plain instrument that fails to engage. But the unpredictable, symphonic arrangements of "Emmeline" and the title track make exciting connections between ancient and modern with a dark nonchalance, [Apr 2011, p.80]
  7. May 2, 2011
    40
    The vocals are mostly too downmix, the lyrics too inaudible or too banal. [Apr 2011, p.101]

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