Origin: Orphan

Metascore
81

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
    80
    An often bleak, yet great, record and further reinforces what a magnificent songwriter Gibb has become. [Fall 2009,p.63]
  9. Mojo
    80
    S, no watersports this time, but a wee triumph nonetheless. [Dec 2009, p. 100]
  10. Uncut
    80
    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
    80
    Truely, there's no one like them. [Dec 2009, p.127]

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