Now Or Heaven

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Sep 9, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. As it is, Now or Heaven is good enough but too derivative and uneven to be seen as anything other than a mild disappointment.
  2. The biggest problem for the Broken West may be that in polishing up their sound they’ve emerged sounding like a wannabe Coldplay.
  3. Given the far sunnier cast of the group's debut, it's fair to say Now or Heaven is a document of growing pains.
  4. Under The Radar
    There are some strong moments, especially 'Gwen, Now And then,' 'Auctioneer,' and 'Perfect Game,' but those high points are surrounded largely by filler. [Fall 2008, p.79]
  5. More importantly, the songwriting is better this time around, with sharp hooks that draw blood once they grab on.
  6. 60
    They're never slavish imitators, and when they goose the velocity--those comparisons gradually fade into classic, shimmery guitar pop. [Nov 2008, p.88]
  7. Maybe Now or Heaven isn’t an awful record, but it’s certainly one that strips away everything I felt was compelling about the band to begin with.
  8. It’s a step forward chronologically but a step backward in overall album success.
  9. Filter
    It's no sophomore slump, but it's a little disappointing to see a band embracing city life, backing chugging electric guitars with metered, occasionally mechanical rhythms. [Fall 2008, p.105]

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