Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. With Passage, Exitmusic has turned in one of the more ambition, evocative, and engaging efforts of 2012.
  2. Mojo
    Jul 18, 2012
    Passage surges, subsides and enthralls like a Gothic Sigur Ros. [Jun 2012, p.93]
  3. Magnet
    May 24, 2012
    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
    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
    For the time being it's very hard not to fall under Exitmusic's intoxicating spell. Best not to try.
  6. May 24, 2012
    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
    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. Under The Radar
    Jul 9, 2012
    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
    An impressive debut, Passage has as many great moments as it does moments that suggest future greatness.
  11. May 22, 2012
    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.
  12. May 24, 2012
    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.
User Score

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
    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,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 »