Passage - Exitmusic
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. With Passage, Exitmusic has turned in one of the more ambition, evocative, and engaging efforts of 2012.
  2. Jul 18, 2012
    80
    Passage surges, subsides and enthralls like a Gothic Sigur Ros. [Jun 2012, p.93]
  3. May 24, 2012
    80
    Passage has all the elements of a classic, from undeniable hooks to head-spinning shards of noise. [No.87 p.55]
  4. May 23, 2012
    80
    Palladino and Church may drown their sorrows in a pool of gloomy effects, but they still make even the most heartbreaking sentiments sound sweet.
  5. May 22, 2012
    80
    For the time being it's very hard not to fall under Exitmusic's intoxicating spell. Best not to try.
  6. May 24, 2012
    76
    More than a cash-in or credibility play, Passage simply pulls several familiar objects into one detailed picture, a predictably good look from a pair whose script seems every bit as written as much as lived.
  7. Dec 6, 2012
    70
    Ultimately though, these are minor gripes for what is an otherwise solid debut from a band which looks poised to make waves in the independent music scene for years to come.
  8. Jul 9, 2012
    70
    From open to close, Passages is cinematic and atmospheric, but not without a sense of forward motion. [Jun 2012, p.153]
  9. 70
    Their debut album proper quivers and quakes with the cinematic electronics and emotional abandonment of a soundtrack to Armageddon.
  10. May 22, 2012
    70
    Like many such films (they exist, right?), Passage is endearing, with unforgettable peaks; it looks beautiful at first glance, and has no shortage of beautiful moments, but don't delve too deeply lest the mirage of a grandiose masterpiece dissolve.
  11. May 22, 2012
    70
    An impressive debut, Passage has as many great moments as it does moments that suggest future greatness.
  12. May 24, 2012
    64
    With earnest piano, pulsing atmospherics and windswept vocals opening the album, the title track signals what's to come and lets you know that, had there actually been a film, it would have certainly been a drama.
  13. May 30, 2012
    55
    Most of these songs would make for a devastating end to an emotionally charged, disturbed album. But ten songs like that in a row?
  14. Jun 6, 2012
    50
    Exitmusic spends this record convincing you it can make a big noise, and of that there is no doubt. At times, that big noise is quite impressive, and the nuanced layers that make it up do indeed evoke emotions, take you somewhere. Unfortunately, too much of Passage opens up doors-big, gaping ones-that don't ever lead anywhere.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 3, 2012
    9
    This is a highly underated album. I saw them live and was blown away. They are like a perfect blend of Radiohead, Beach House, and Sigur Ros, drawing the best from each. For the last few months this has been my favorite album of 2012. I keep trying to find any better and it hasn't happened. If you like truly moving, epic, beautifully crafted music, check this out. It doesn't grow old. The only contenders at the moment are Lost and the Trees and Lower Dens. Which are insanely good as well. Buy this is you like music that moves you and you will be pleasantly surprised. Full Review »