Nootropics

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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. May 3, 2012
    10
    This album is a beauty! I get the Beach House and Radiohead comparisons but you can get so much more out of this if you give it a chance. I didn't enjoy the Twin-Hand Movement on first listen but eventually came to love it. Nootropics brings you into a whole different world. I wasn't blown away on first listen but I knew I was listening to something special but I could not pin it down. TheThis album is a beauty! I get the Beach House and Radiohead comparisons but you can get so much more out of this if you give it a chance. I didn't enjoy the Twin-Hand Movement on first listen but eventually came to love it. Nootropics brings you into a whole different world. I wasn't blown away on first listen but I knew I was listening to something special but I could not pin it down. The more listens you give this baby the more beauty it reveals. Fantastic record! Expand
  2. Jun 14, 2012
    9
    This one of the best of the year so far....with many of the ethereal end of post punk references (early 80's Cocteau Twins, the Cure, Breathless, etc.) mixed with contemporary sensibilities, it shines.
  3. Jul 10, 2012
    9
    This album is like a Beach House album, but it's "weird" and I like it better. There was something too pretty about Beach house. Lower DEns adds more gothic beauty in their music (and being a goth a decade ago that means a lot). Overall, this album is a strange trip, but one worth taking if you have the guts to do so.
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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Mojo
    Jul 18, 2012
    80
    You're left with the impression that Lower Dens are both big sounding and very clever. [Jun 2012, p.85]
  2. Jul 12, 2012
    80
    A few, like Lion In Winter Pt. 1 and 12-minute closer In The Beginning Is The End, test your patience, while others, like Nova Anthem and Lamb, become so surprisingly transcendent that they vanquish any and all tedium.
  3. Q Magazine
    Jun 20, 2012
    60
    It's the vocals of Jana Hunter, an apprentice of freak folk luminary Devendra Banhart, that provides Nootropics' bewitching focal point, the group's gothic meld of gliding guitars and spectral synth noises resembling the Cocteau Twins on a comedown. [Jun 2012, p.107]