Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. May 15, 2013
    90
    Nostalgic, positive and romantic, it pumps new warmth into Copenhagen’s cold and concrete punk movement.
  2. Jun 17, 2013
    80
    There's a curious romance at play throughout their debut album. [Jul 2013, p.112]
  3. May 15, 2013
    80
    The mood is heavy throughout, but only the closing, exhausted "Katla" outstays its welcome. [Jun 2013, p.81]
  4. 80
    Not since The Cure’s ‘Faith’ has a group pulled off such a feat of heavy, heady melancholy.
  5. May 17, 2013
    74
    Although the sensitive side it reveals is less developed than their established one, it's just as intriguing.
  6. Jul 17, 2013
    70
    Where its siblings thrash and writhe and scream, No One Dances flows, undulates, sighs. The result is nothing short of pastoral.
  7. Jun 3, 2013
    70
    Vår manage to save a plodding midsection with tracks like the creepy, droney and dark Boy, proving they’re jacks of multiple trades.
  8. May 23, 2013
    70
    It's impressively focussed and musically adventurous, stirring elements of goth, post-punk, neo-folk and avant-noise into some perplexing shapes.
  9. May 22, 2013
    70
    With the amount of care and attention to detail found in tracks like Begin to Remember and Into Distance, it’s a shame that their more atmosphere-oriented tracks feel the least realized, coming off as throwaways in an otherwise structurally sound record.
  10. 70
    There’s this cool embrace of death, maybe even an advocacy of suicide, that underlies The Brothers Lionheart and in No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers, Vår has constructed a kindred document. Try not to get too bummed out.
  11. May 17, 2013
    70
    Although the dark, pulsing beauty of “Katla” feels like an appropriate close, somehow No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers feels too brief in relation to the depth of its emotions.
  12. May 15, 2013
    70
    They've crafted an album that's endearing and inspiring, even if its genesis was the complete contrary.
  13. May 15, 2013
    60
    Vår exhibit an ambition to spiral as far as possible down into some dark abyss while maintaining a constant impression of strange beauty.
  14. May 15, 2013
    60
    Much of the album meanders and loses focus. When the band hit their mark, as they do when "Pictures of Today/Victory" ramps up, or with the strident, beat-heavy march of "Motionless Duties," it makes the process of digging through the rest of the scuzz worthwhile.
  15. Jun 13, 2013
    45
    No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers switches so jarringly between moods from track to track that it doesn't really know what it's supposed to be. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.91]

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