Parades - Efterklang
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. Seriously: this is one of 2007’s finest LPs, no question.
  2. 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.'
  3. Parades' recipe--soft verse, big chant, heavenly "aaaaaaaaa", elliptical, Nordic orchestrations, stir--is clever to avoid repetition but extremely taxing.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Parades, both restrained and wildly dramatic, gently touching and warmly enveloping, is not a record that sits comfortably with convenient labels.
  7. The album complements each situation differently, and new elements become apparent with each listen.
  8. Like the title suggests, this album is grand in many ways, but the sheen also wears off somewhat quickly at the same time.
  9. Parades is an album of slow-growing rewards from a band with whom relationships are formed, not instantly identified.
  10. 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]
  11. 80
    More organic than their 2004 debut, Parades is just as richly rewarding. [Nov 2007,p.98]
  12. There's nothing so prosaic as choruses, but there's warmth to spare. [Nov 2007, p.137]
  13. Parades succeeds in avoiding the most perilous pitfalls of simulated whimsy and fey affected vocals to achieve something gloriously endearing. [Nov 2007, p.53]
  14. 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.

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