Noah's Ark - CocoRosie

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. A disappointment mostly in comparison to the seemingly out-of-nowhere brilliance of La Maison de Mon Reve, Noah's Ark might fail to charm those not already bewitched by that album, but it won't break the spell for devoted fans.
  2. This smartly sequenced album casts a cumulative spell. [Oct 2005, p.156]
  3. Overall it's rather tough to get a grip on what they're getting at.
  4. CocoRosie are clearly talented when they keep things focused; fact is, though, that Noah’s Ark is so steeped in its own random, garbled universe that it makes for a frustrating, unrewarding listen.
  5. The sisters show an ability to pull different sounds and shapes together to make something extremely enchanting and really very lovely.
  6. Noah's Ark is not an end-to-end stunner. But there are bright spots throughout, and the sisters display a consistent penchant for deviating from standard folk and twee pop lyrical imagery.
  7. 70
    It is the sisters' old-timey voices that capture and carry the beautiful eeriness of these minimalist songs. [#17, p.103]
  8. The music is as soothing as a lullaby and as challenging as a modern art exhibit.
  9. Noah’s Ark is a distant album - one that outgrows a few fast friends made on Le Maison de Mon Reve and depends on those truly willing to listen. It is a record designed to make believers out of its fans, and is certainly not for the faint-spirited or fickle.
  10. 70
    La Maison offers a glimpse into the Casadys' strange, spooky world; Noah's Ark shows them taking tentative, often intriguing steps outside of it. [#69, p.91]
  11. 80
    CocoRosie sound, blissfully, like no one else. [Sep 2005, p.102]
  12. With Noah’s Ark Coco Rosie have truly come into their own, delivering an eccentric sound so one-of-a-kind it could have come from no world but their own.
  13. For all there is to grind your teeth and hate about CocoRosie, there's much to love. [8 Oct 2005, p.45]
  14. Disconcerting and intensely beautiful. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.146]
  15. One of the most annoying records you're liable to remember.
  16. Your enjoyment of this album will depend on how open you are to cats meowing, telephone rings, and French spoken-word passages weaving in and out of the songs.
  17. There's nothing here that's conventional-sounding enough to take... CocoRosie beyond cult status, just shard after shard of fractured melody that burrows deep into the subconscious. [Oct 2005, p.121]
  18. The pair overextend themselves often enough to appear to be posturing, costing them some of their charm.
  19. 0
    They make each shimmer of postnatal whimsy seem like an eternal gulag of the spotless mind. [Sep 2005, p.109]
  20. Noah's Ark retrenches CocoRosie in their signature sound and gives us a glimpse of their indubitably eccentric future.
  21. Noah’s Ark proves, again, that the Casady sisters are perhaps at the forefront of the overlabored ‘freak-folk’ scene.
  22. So knowingly arty it could be sponsored by the Saatchi gallery, it irritates more than it charms.
  23. 80
    Adds extra confidence and clarity to the same basic ingredients. [Oct 2005, p.107]
  24. However beguilingly perfect their debut was, Noah's Ark surpasses it in nearly every aspect. [#10, p.105]

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