Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. It requires TLC, and some listeners–-and I count myself among them–-are just too heavy-handed to stay in its company long.
  2. If soft-hearted London folkies Noah And The Whale aren’t quite as deft with savoury rice, they’ve got the knack of balancing heart-melting, pupil-dilating ditties with words of chill bleakness down pat.
  3. Their foppish indieboy spin on classic folk-rock is, more often than not, perfectly listenable. But you can't help but wonder, between all the gleeful strums and wizened howls, whether they possess the inner torment to carry off such worldly material.
  4. The twinkling acoustic songs, bursting with brass, keyboards and fiddle are economic and brimming with sure-footed confidence but Fink's brittle cynicism ultimately leaves Noah & the Whale stranded
  5. Noah and the Whale try their best to make weighty songs (look no further than the paint-by-numbers description of a funeral on the limp “Death by Numbers”), but they’re better as a pop group that digs ukuleles and acoustic guitars.
  6. Uncut
    60
    Twenty-one-year-old Charlie Fnk's cracked baritone is brown sugar-sweet, '5 Years Time' is a hit, and the album's Jonathan Richman-esque gawkiness makes it double endearing. [Oct 2008, p.94]
  7. Perhaps it's just that the rest of the songs aren't up to scratch, but this album is a simple case of diminishing returns--what appeared carefree and sparkly-eyed to begin with feels more and more calculated as you go on, what first seemed endearing ends up feeling a little irritating.
  8. All in all, Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down, even with its mortality obsession, is mostly a statement of nothing, but at least it sounds good most of the time.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 12, 2015
    9
    The album is rather diverse, with content (for better or worse) ranges from upbeat jams to sad break up songs. However the lyrics, vocals, andThe album is rather diverse, with content (for better or worse) ranges from upbeat jams to sad break up songs. However the lyrics, vocals, and instrumentals are all so lovingly crafted that you can't help but love and sing along with the every song Full Review »
  2. Feb 6, 2014
    7
    Genre: Alternative
    For me there are a few to many slightly bland tunes on this album for it to be considered a true classic but a number of
    Genre: Alternative
    For me there are a few to many slightly bland tunes on this album for it to be considered a true classic but a number of songs, including the joyful '5 Years Time' in particular, make it a worthwhile listen. Its probably safe to say that Noah and the Whale have released better albums since but for a debut this is a pretty good effort and they certainly offer something more interesting than the usual repetitive pop clogging up the radio stations.
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  3. Dec 26, 2013
    4
    Though far from the worst album I have ever listened to, Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down was an album that I could not force myself to listenThough far from the worst album I have ever listened to, Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down was an album that I could not force myself to listen to all the way through. The mediocrity of the majority of the albums tracks was just too much. That said, the first three tracks and "Second Lover" are decent enough that this album warrants a "mixed review," but this is all that keeps me from giving it a much worse rating. Full Review »