Original Colors - High Places
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Nov 23, 2011
    80
    Primal yet precise, these obliques beats and blocky grooves loom out of the lush ambient foliage like the crown of a Mayan temple in the Yucatan jungle. [Dec 2011, p.87]
  2. Oct 7, 2011
    80
    On the beautifully airy Original Colors, the ambient pair seem weary of making a good impression.
  3. Oct 7, 2011
    80
    High Places' third album finds the duo of Rob Barber and Mary Pearson all the more comfortable and assured in a realm of moody electronic pop for the 21st century, at once drawing on familiar roots and putting distinct, enjoyable spins on the results.
  4. Oct 20, 2011
    76
    Living a dead-eyed disco dream somewhere between Nite Jewel and Chromatics, this new incarnation is dark, weird and basically awesome.
  5. Oct 17, 2011
    76
    It is as "original" as this band is going to get, and for that we should be contented.
  6. Nov 3, 2011
    70
    The duo continues to tighten up the rhythmic oddities that initially defined them, cleaning up those frayed handmade edges just a hint more. [Oct 2011, p.100]
  7. Oct 17, 2011
    70
    If there's a flaw on Original Colors, it's that these 10 songs are so closely related--in tempo, vocals and instrumentation--that they're enjoyable enough on their own but become an undifferentiated blob when played back-to-front.
  8. Oct 11, 2011
    70
    So while High Places have neatly avoided getting stuck in a rut on Original Colors, daring to reinvent themselves into a more motion-friendly group, fans of their first couple of albums should still find the overall mood sufficiently low-key to provide easy access.
  9. 63
    High Places v. Mankind, took just criticism for being a run-of-the-mill indie record with no charisma, Original Colors is a more than respectable rebound.
  10. Nov 2, 2011
    60
    There is also a notably darker, murkier imperative at the heart of Original Colours and the results are sometimes a little introverted.
  11. Oct 10, 2011
    60
    Their approach is too fragile. Even as High Places grow up, seeing darker realms, leaving behind youthful nostalgia, they are not yet able to reach the top.
  12. 60
    It's something bigger, wilder, and less pop structured.
  13. Oct 13, 2011
    59
    For a group who traded so well in whimsy, who got off to such a kaleidoscopic start, Original Colors can feel unusually drab.
  14. Oct 18, 2011
    50
    Original Colors isn't extraordinary music.
  15. Oct 13, 2011
    40
    Ultimately, High Places have succeeded in doing something that, on paper, seems an impossibility: they've managed to make an album that is undeniably focused around rhythms sound like an absolute slog.

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