• Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Mar 29, 2011

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. Mar 30, 2011
    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.
  2. Mar 29, 2011
    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. Q Magazine
    Mar 29, 2011
    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]
  4. Mar 25, 2011
    Erland and the Carnival make good at being a group who successfully accent their modern indie rock with olde world aspects of folk in a much more effective manner than so many acoustic troubadours.
  5. Mar 25, 2011
    Soothsayer lyricism atop sinister guitars and eldritch electronics.
  6. 70
    More magpies than nightingales across these 13 tracks, they stitch up a glorious grab-bag of modern psych.
  7. Mar 29, 2011
    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.
  8. Apr 5, 2011
    On Nightingale, Erland And The Carnival succeed in integrating a variety of musical styles into a distinctly old-world vibe.
  9. Uncut
    Mar 29, 2011
    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]
  10. Under The Radar
    Mar 29, 2011
    Little is the same for Eland on this fine LP, the one that finds them transcending their wieldy influences, leaving us with a singular, terrific band. [Feb 2011, p.64]
  11. Mar 25, 2011
    Expertly played and recorded (the whole album has a brilliant earthy richness to it), but Nightingale could do with some more frayed edges to make it truly shine.
  12. Mar 29, 2011
    Background check aside, there isn't much air to breathe for any or one of Cooper's many ideas in a given song, leaving the record as a whole even less of a chance to cohere.
  13. Mojo
    May 2, 2011
    The vocals are mostly too downmix, the lyrics too inaudible or too banal. [Apr 2011, p.101]

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