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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15

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  1. 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 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. Expand
  2. 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 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. Expand
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. The reason Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down works here other "buzz band" albums don't is because theirs just feels natural--NATW aren't trying to buy into any trend. They're just writing great music. [Sep 2008, p.151]
  2. It requires TLC, and some listeners–-and I count myself among them–-are just too heavy-handed to stay in its company long.
  3. It's gentle enough to be background music, lively enough to be worth listening to for the sake of it, and certainly an impressive achievement for a 21-year-old's debut.