Origin: Orphan


Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Origin: Orphan is the sound of The Hidden Cameras finally proving they can make records as wham-bam powerful as their performances, with deliciously sumptuous results.
  2. Origin:Orphan finds them finally able to out-wow the full spectacle of their magnificent shows, proving they are a serious and sophisticated musical force to be reckoned with as well as a mind-blowingly good gigging proposition.
  3. The point is that all of the Hidden Cameras is in here, but it’s not all shined to a high polish and adorned with neon lights, and that works an interesting effect.
  4. Origin: Orphan has a similar tour-de-force feel to the first Arcade Fire album: the sound of ­loneliness and heartbreak ­gift-wrapped in bundles of sonic joy.
  5. Origin: Orphan is even more extraordinary; a howling, mechanistic piece of post-rock in the vein of Godspeed You Black Emperor!
  6. When the group resist the urge to try out their weird and wonderful electronic toys and avant-garde leanings, the resultant music is some of their strongest and prettiest.
  7. Origin: Orphan may be more about withholding, but at heart, The Hidden Cameras will always prefer pleasure.
  8. Under The Radar
    An often bleak, yet great, record and further reinforces what a magnificent songwriter Gibb has become. [Fall 2009,p.63]
  9. Mojo
    S, no watersports this time, but a wee triumph nonetheless. [Dec 2009, p. 100]
  10. Uncut
    Nestled between krautrock clatter and art-school drones are tracks that feel like stadium-sized anthems, particularly the Coldplay-meets-MGMT chugger "He Falls To Me" and the Afro-pop singalong "Underage". [Dec 2009, p. 97]
  11. Q Magazine
    Truely, there's no one like them. [Dec 2009, p.127]

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