Nux Vomica - The Veils
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Nux Vomica retains its predecessor's flair for the grandiose, but repositions the Veils as purveyors of a gothic Americana, inhabiting desert-stormy vistas that are just expansive enough to house the band's most valuable asset: Andrews' magnetic, outsize persona.
  2. One of the most exciting and substantial records so far this year.
  3. The album's a wonderful step forward from an already strong foothold, theatrical without being overdone, introspective without being saccharine, and makes for an excellent piece of work.
  4. A refreshingly passionate record.
  5. There are lugubrious shades of Tom Waits and antipodean gothfather Nick Cave here, but Nux Vomica has its own type of elegant, seductive power.
  6. Nux Vomica is a dramatic and powerful statement about uncertain futures, strong-felt regrets, and occasional, barely concealed joy.
  7. An unruly beast filled with vim and vigor, unrestrained in fits of rage, questioning, and discontent. [#17, p.87]
  8. 80
    Outside of fashion, and as exciting as The Bunnymen's second, Heaven Up Here. [Oct 2006, p.133]
  9. 60
    Their music has a heavier gait, like a cross between a crazed Triffids and a stroppier Bad Seeds. [Oct 2006, p.102]
  10. Oozing with dark passion, Nux Vomica is very Nick Cave. [Oct 2006, p.127]
  11. An interesting, good album: more inventive, heavy, meaningful, and memorable than the Veils’ first.
  12. Knowing that music of this stripe is only pretentious if it doesn’t work, it’s a near miracle that the entire album holds up, front to back, even those ballads in the second half that might have ruined lesser works.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 9, 2013
    10
    If you're going to start with The Veils, this is where you do it. "Jesus For The Jugular" is one of the greatest modern rock 'n' roll songs ofIf you're going to start with The Veils, this is where you do it. "Jesus For The Jugular" is one of the greatest modern rock 'n' roll songs of our era, and there's a lot more to like here for fans of Nick Cave, The Smiths, and Tom Waits. Nux Vomica shirks the Suede-lite motif of The Runaway Found for a more distinctive, visionary songwriter voice and is unexpectedly all the better for it. Full Review »
  2. MarkM
    May 6, 2007
    9
    Quite similar to the arcade fire, but not as good(impossible). Still, unique sounding (a mix of indie, metal, pop) and with a charismatic Quite similar to the arcade fire, but not as good(impossible). Still, unique sounding (a mix of indie, metal, pop) and with a charismatic lead singer, these Kiwis will be big. A wierd, beautiful, emotional, anthemic experience. Great album! Full Review »
  3. Thomas
    Apr 26, 2007
    9
    The young Finn Andrew sings like his been around as long as Nick Cave. A very raw and dark album. I love it.