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Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Dec 19, 2011
    80
    With keyboard and drum machine-led swirls, higher-pitched and echoed vocals, and an embrace for what could be called art-pop-not-rock, Moonface's Organ Music is very much in the right place for 2011.
  2. Aug 10, 2011
    60
    Organ Music feels too much like a mere exercise by the end of its thirty-seven minutes-a melancholic, dark, interesting experiment, but one without conclusive results.
  3. Aug 1, 2011
    61
    Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped, Krug's first post-Wolf Parade LP, feels like ritual music infused with 1980s nostalgia.
  4. Aug 18, 2011
    60
    It's effective, but the lyrics and the slightly mannered vocals never really rise above the level of jokey pastiche. [Sep 2011, p.91]
  5. Aug 3, 2011
    58
    The truths on Organ Music are captivating enough; it's just too bad there aren't more of them.
  6. Aug 4, 2011
    60
    Depending on one's view, it could be heard as trance music for indie folks or prog music for electro pop fans.
  7. Jul 29, 2011
    80
    Thematically, Organ Music… re-visits all-of-the-above, but Spencer's more lucid in his metaphors than ever before but loses none of the mystique for doing so; listening to this is like realising you can suddenly speak horse, or whale.
  8. Aug 11, 2011
    60
    What Krug describes as "something between pop and lush drones" are sub-zero tunes with unexpected bursts of warmth. They're not for everybody, and have an unfinished, sketchy feel, but it's hard to deny their strange beauty.
  9. 50
    Though his lyrics still reveal the same somewhat troubled, fascinated, inquisitive, frustrated, self-aware, and bewildered soul as always, the music itself is pretty bare bones.
  10. Aug 15, 2011
    60
    His strengths are all being restrained, but you can tell they're struggling to get free.
  11. Aug 2, 2011
    83
    Organ Music not Vibraphone like I'd Hoped's chaotic nature shouldn't be reduced to just a skewed version of the artist's other projects, because while the record is commanding and at times difficult to stomach, it is perhaps as clear a glimpse into Krug's psyche as we've ever seen.
  12. Aug 2, 2011
    75
    Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped is about as ambitious as 35 minutes of music can get, and Krug gets an awful lot out of one instrument here.
  13. Sep 30, 2011
    60
    Organ Music may not quite be what Krug hoped for--and it's by no means perfect--but it is intriguing and occasionally illuminating.
  14. Sep 9, 2011
    80
    The end result is a sound that feels both modern and ancient: the glorious sequence of arpeggios that rounds out "Return to the Violence of the Ocean Floor," for example, owes as much to Baroque counterpoint as to progressive rock or synth-pop. And yet, throughout the course of the album, these influences are melded seamlessly into a sound that is unmistakably Krug's own: dour, wistful, and tragic.
  15. Aug 9, 2011
    40
    Krug is a songwriter whose craft is best when met with the editing of other musicians--left to himself, however, we are left with a very forgettable retreat into his very OMD-obsessed psyche.
  16. 80
    While Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped is a five-song study on what the keyboard instrument is capable of, at least it's rendered through the hands of a skillful musician, with a tenured history for delivering compelling music.
  17. Aug 2, 2011
    70
    While the album is by no means a disappointment, one can't help but long for the return of a less inhibited Krug, free of – albeit self-imposed – limitations.
  18. Much like the way the organ music builds and builds, Krug seems to open up more and more, making the end result most definitely worth the effort.
  19. Jul 28, 2011
    70
    Krug won't make any new fans with Organ Music, but that's not what he's trying to do here, anyway. He's just having himself some fun-or, as he put it, "lurching toward" his musical ideas "impulsively."

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