Permanent Signal - Porcelain Raft
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Aug 30, 2013
    78
    The polished sheen on each track dulls any inquisition into what (or who) is behind this music. That said, there is an undeniable human brilliance at the album’s core, and the tension of those aspects makes it an irresistible listen.
  2. 60
    Permanent Signal’s lack of ambition and almost-there mentality will leave mouths craving something a bit more flavorful.
  3. Aug 20, 2013
    58
    It wants to be The Antlers as a singer/songwriter, but even The Antlers walk dangerously close to the edge of good taste. Remiddi’s voice is no help, either, often times too delicate and dainty to extract much emotion from, and only convincing when it flaunts imperfections.
  4. Aug 19, 2013
    70
    Despite the variety of styles on offer, Remiddi’s songs still have a tendency to seep into one another, and there seems to be more of an emphasis on atmosphere than melody on some tracks. However that atmosphere is well worth soaking in.
  5. Aug 19, 2013
    58
    The inability to define Porcelain Raft contributed to the initial intrigue, but with his second LP in two years, Remiddi has cemented his sound; Permanent Signal is more or less more of the same, a mutual fatigue passed on from Porcelain Raft to the listener.
  6. Aug 19, 2013
    70
    As it stands, this is a strangely seductive record, filled with remarkable musical peaks, and proof positive that an ambitious sophomore departure can be wholly satisfying.
  7. Aug 16, 2013
    50
    It's not time to write Porcelain Raft off, but Remiddi needs to bring more ideas to LP number three.
  8. Aug 16, 2013
    80
    It’s woozy, dreamlike bliss and Mauro Remmidi owns it well.
  9. Aug 15, 2013
    80
    Permanent Signal drinks from a similar, if sonically expanded pool [as 2012 debut Strange Weekend]. [Sep 2013, p.94]
  10. 70
    Permanent Signal finds beauty in loneliness.
  11. Aug 15, 2013
    70
    While a few songs such as "I Lost Connection" drift beyond Remiddi's flare for the gentle into saccharine territory, that permanent signal he's so earnestly trying to communicate still comes through loud and clear.
  12. 60
    Coherent though it is, songs have a habit of blending into one another, and all too often end up sounding like that noise when you’re constantly on hold.

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