Pigeons - Here We Go Magic
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Pigeons also finds Temple working well with others, the result being an inescapable momentum that begins with the unexpected funk of "Hibernation," one of the many songs that show an intimate understanding of Brian Enpo's Catalogue. [Spring 2010, p.63]
  2. It's at once a work of larger ambition and greater focus than its predecessor, beginning brilliantly and continuing in the same manner for its entire length.
  3. Like its predecessor, Pigeons is also delicate, but it does much more than shimmer and sound pretty. The rhythm section takes a huge step forward, the arrangements are more varied and robust, and there are countless actual hooks.
  4. 80
    Another group who make a virtue of the physical and cultural space America has to offer, drawing on the disparateness of their origins. [Ju l 2010, p.108]
  5. Here We Go Magic have made a fantastic album that is at once inseparable from its Brooklyn beginnings and transcendental of its place in time and space.
  6. The songs are absolutely confident that every repetition is worthwhile.
  7. Even in a crowded field this summer, chockfull of musical juggernaunts releasing albums, Pigeons will likely catch people's attention. And those people will be glad it did.
  8. Pigeons feels less divorced from the bedroom freak-folk of the project's self-titled debut (recorded by Temple all by his lonesome, with the assistance of a looping pedal or two) than it seems the logical extension of that aesthetic. Somewhat surprisingly, especially given the debut's minor faults, the woodshedded feel of Pigeons is a good look for the band.
  9. Some songs meander, though, so when taken as a whole, the album tends to wash together. But for those who are intrigued, Temple and company have provided plenty to dive into.
  10. 74
    In more ways than one, Here We Go Magic has developed into the everyman's version of early Wayne Coyne: less polished, more noise and an equal amount of smiles.
  11. The music is richer, more atmospheric and stranger than ever. This sophomore release is more collaborative than his debut, but the main aesthetic-electro-ambience buoyed by airy, dreamlike vocals-remains the same.
  12. This psychedelic folk pop-athon of tickled riffs, snappy elastic basslines, shimmering synths and sweetly sung vocals is all dreamy eccentricity, with a bittersweet hint of rhythmic unrest, from start to finish, and should send Hidden Cameras fans into an amorous tizz after just one listen.
  13. The front-heavy momentum of Pigeons is enough to ensure that that the dreamy beauty of Here We Go Magic's debut has been fiercely preserved.
  14. 70
    Unlike the first record, which relied on Temple alone to fill out the layers of the songs, Pigeons utilizes the full band, and improves because of it. The songs are better composed, and more interesting: the experimental bits, which were a bit of a distraction, are more focused and purposeful.
  15. Temple and co. have obviously taken a big left turn that at the very least indicates a commitment to motion over stagnation; they're pushing themselves and their listeners somewhere.
  16. Pigeons may not be the defining moment all the blog buzz hinted at, and Luke Temple may still have several rough patches to smooth out in his songwriting process, but with Here We Go Magic's subtly enchanting second record, it sure is fun to listen to him work out the kinks.
  17. 60
    It's harmless, head-spinning fun. [Jul 2010, p.92]
  18. There's nothing particularly wrong with any of this, but despite this expanded stylistic and instrumental palette (and some notably lush, lovely vocal harmonies), it's hard to escape the sense that this album is, ironically, even more of an indulgently dabbling affair than its home four-tracked predecessor, which at least had an appealing simplicity and directness of approach.
  19. Although the band makes a gleeful clatter on tracks such as "Collector," the record really shines when the live instrumentation takes a back seat. [Jul 2010, p.133]
  20. The tunes are less straightforwardly catchy than before, woozy waltz "Bottom Feeder" notwithstanding. But the energy and spirit of invention keep it interesting.
  21. 50
    While Temple's hermaphroditic alto endures the costume changes, the songs often don't, and the couple of undeniably great tracks -- like the rigid, kinetic "Collector" -- get lost in the parade of influences.
  22. Pigeons may be the better album, but it still feels hollow, ringing with the sound of a band accepting their own shortcomings.
  23. Marked by inconsistent, not fully formed songwriting, Here We Go Magic's new tracks also make for an indecisive, if not bipolar, collection.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 15, 2012
    8
    Every song on this album has so much energy with absolutely stunning musicianship. I can't believe how under the radar this album seems to be,Every song on this album has so much energy with absolutely stunning musicianship. I can't believe how under the radar this album seems to be, really an extremely under rated album. Full Review »
  2. Sep 9, 2010
    9
    One of the best (and most underrated) albums of the year. Every composition is dense, beautiful, and intricate yet maintains a lightOne of the best (and most underrated) albums of the year. Every composition is dense, beautiful, and intricate yet maintains a light playfulness that blows all this "chillwave" out of the water. I also saw them at bonnaroo, and every song became an awesome jam. Very excited to see what they do next. Full Review »