Parallax - Atlas Sound
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34

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  1. Nov 10, 2011
    8
    Parallax by Atlas Sound aka Bradford Cox aka the-man-fronting-Deerhunter comes as a nice surprise. I expected a neurotic record of ambient and loudness (just think of Quick Canal featuring Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab from 2009 terrific Logos) from the über-prolific musician but no. Instead, Mr. Cox presented us with twelve croons, equally charming and hypnotic. Oh, and his best yet. Atlas Sound may finally feel at ease with himself but the truth lies much deeper. As usually, Bradford sings mostly about Bradford (and his demons). But Parallax is listed as â Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2011
    10
    The boy is on a roll of releases with Parallax being the absolute peak. Cox really has come into his own by letting his vocals take front seat on this record, as opposed to the ethereal dreamscapes of Logos.
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    10
    Great album, I love Deerhunter and when I saw Bradford Cox had released a new album with his side project Atlas Sound I got very interested in hearing it.
  4. Nov 20, 2011
    10
    Parallax not only allows you into the deep, emotional croon of Bradford Cox's latest ambition; no, it also allows you to feel, taste, imagine. His dreamy soundscapes, catchy acoustic **** and punchy choruses captivate you and don't let go. Cox only gets better with age. This album is much more guitar oriented than Logos, and that is a good thing. Logos is great, Parallax is amazing.
  5. Dec 6, 2011
    8
    The new album of the Deerhunter front-man, Bradford Cox, known as Atlas Sound, differs from the music of his Rock band. As he describes it, this album is more lonely (you can especially see this in the track "Terra Incognita"), no load guitars are with him or drums setting the rhythm (but you will find a delicate percussion). However this is not a sad album: tracks such as "Mona Lisa" and "Te Amo" (which means "I love you" in Spanish) cheer up the atmosphere of this brilliant record. His voice is in most of the song the prominent sound, and really nice arrangements join him. "Parallax" turns out to be a record to relax and take your mind away for some minutes. Expand
  6. Nov 21, 2011
    2
    Shallow melodies, beats that date back to the 60, ABSOLUTELY nothing original in the lyrics, copy of a copy of a mediocre album made by some crappy band in the early 70. As for the voice, it sounds like the singer acidentally sniffed a bit too much of his nail polish and then passed it to the rest of the band. That aint no music.
  7. Dec 1, 2011
    7
    The music is both melodic and refreshing. Strangely, during "Te Amo," I can imagine myself walking through Zoras Domain from the video game Ocarina of Time. "Mona Lisa" has such a lovely part that has a feel of The Arcade Fire. Unfortunately, some songs have vocals that don't match the beauty of the other instruments. These songs can have the feel of blending into each other.
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Jan 12, 2012
    80
    It's a record best consumed in a semi-recumbent position, in order to match the loping, laidback pace of the music and Cox's stoned, oak-aged vocals. [Dec. 2011 p. 99]
  2. Dec 15, 2011
    80
    Some tracks are more outre than others... but throughout his sustained, idiosyncratic vision is absorbing. [Dec. 2001 p. 123]
  3. Dec 12, 2011
    60
    Dreamy, classic-sounding pop nuggets, sung by Cox with a wry, casual authority. [Jan 2011, p.79]