• Record Label: Leaf
  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2007
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Efterklang could create an expansive rock album on par with the work of Arcade Fire. But they’re not interested in anything as patent as that; instead, let’s welcome this modest, complex work for its intricate charm and soft beauty.
  2. Parades' recipe--soft verse, big chant, heavenly "aaaaaaaaa", elliptical, Nordic orchestrations, stir--is clever to avoid repetition but extremely taxing.
  3. 80
    More organic than their 2004 debut, Parades is just as richly rewarding. [Nov 2007,p.98]
  4. There's nothing so prosaic as choruses, but there's warmth to spare. [Nov 2007, p.137]
  5. 80
    Every so often an album comes along that's so original it's difficult to accurately liken it to anything else--even Efterklang's last album, "Tripper," is left behind by Parades. [Nov 2007, p.106]
  6. It harnesses large spaces, allowing songs like 'Caravan' to blossom into something more orchestral than you'd expect; fitting for a band whose name translates as 'reverberation.'
  7. Efterklang have managed to locate the sweet spot where the organic meets the electronic, and have carefully stuffed each track full to bursting point with a gorgeous mix that at times seems to require a new musical format, just to deal with the sheer bandwidth of sonic invention on display here.
  8. Seriously: this is one of 2007’s finest LPs, no question.
  9. The album complements each situation differently, and new elements become apparent with each listen.
  10. Parades is an album of slow-growing rewards from a band with whom relationships are formed, not instantly identified.
  11. Parades, both restrained and wildly dramatic, gently touching and warmly enveloping, is not a record that sits comfortably with convenient labels.
  12. Parades succeeds in avoiding the most perilous pitfalls of simulated whimsy and fey affected vocals to achieve something gloriously endearing. [Nov 2007, p.53]
  13. Like the title suggests, this album is grand in many ways, but the sheen also wears off somewhat quickly at the same time.
  14. The first few tracks work a treat, melding glitchy beats and stomping brass bands in the best tradition of Björk or Sigur Rós. After that, however, things start to feel a bit overwrought.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. RockyB
    Nov 25, 2007
    7
    Is it just me, or is the band name 'Efterklang' somewhat similar to 'Ester Drang'?