Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Secret Cities has an awesome album here. Every song is a standout, while keeping an inordinate amount of cohesiveness. Everybody should love it.
  2. 82
    Where other lo-fi pop registers as slack and emaciated, Secret Cities prop their brittle melodies up with adroit tape manipulation, wide-eyed field recordings, and electronic doodling straight out of Terry Riley's songbook. [Spring/Summer 2010, p.108]
  3. Pink Graffiti is a strong album, and one that grows on you the more you listen to it. Your opinion of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys probably won't affect your judgment of it all that much.
  4. As an album, Pink Graffiti is a little schizophrenic, but it's a rousing handful of songs.
  5. I've rarely heard an album that wields so many weapons--not effortlessly, but with such painstaking mastery that it's almost arduous not to be won over.
  6. The lag spots that usually accompany albums like Pink Graffiti are negated by the surprising fun quality of the rest; a perfect wake-and-bake companion.
  7. Sometimes it feels a little one-paced and, on the first few listens, disinterest is but a stone's throw away. Luckily for Secret Cities though, the more listens the album gets, the more enjoyable it becomes.
  8. As down-to-earth as Secret Cities can be, at points you wish they'd be more direct: "Vamos a La Playa" and "The End" play so loosely, they border on disintegration, rounding out Pink Graffiti in overly cloudy manner, both sonically and lyrically.
  9. While being pleasant and listenable enough, Pink Graffiti simply doesn't do enough to set itself apart from the post-chill-glo-surf-wave-fi trend, which is ultimately its downfall.
  10. Their densely textured song structures and layered song harmonies reward repeated listening. [Sep 2010, p.120]
  11. 60
    From grandiose opener "Pink City" to the haunting mixture of reverberating voice and piano on the title track, it's evident that singer-songwriters MJ Parker and Charlie Cokey have closely studied Veckatimest's artisanal harmonies.
  12. The result is an album that's heavy on ideas instead of execution. It's pleasant but forgettable.

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