Post Tropical - James Vincent McMorrow
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  • Summary: The second full-length release from the Irish singer-songwriter was self-produced and recorded in the US.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 85
    Post Tropical has lots of vivid imagery, much drawn from the great outdoors, but throughout the LP’s duration, there’s always a strident theme of strength.
  2. Jan 10, 2014
    80
    The musical evolution McMorrow has shown on this record will hopefully expand his audience across genres.
  3. Jan 13, 2014
    80
    There's a multitracked theatricality to songs such as Gold and Looking Out, which costs him some of the shiver factor of more understated peers, but delivers moments of magnificence too.
  4. Feb 3, 2014
    80
    Its delicacy and sentimentality may strike a cheesy note on first listen, but Post-Tropical is a definite grower.
  5. Mar 13, 2014
    80
    Post Tropical should gain McMorrow plenty of new fans, and it certainly won’t lose him any.
  6. Jan 21, 2014
    71
    With its deliberate, languorous pleasures, this is an album to live with, settle with and be crisply rejuvenated by.
  7. Jan 13, 2014
    50
    Over ten tracks and 40 minutes, Post Tropical never picks up any steam, never comes to life. Mere gorgeousness is, it turns out, not quite enough to sustain a record.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 16, 2014
    8
    The 80s revival tendency has yet to be outgrown, as is the synth invasion. But this is the kind of pop music that even the rockiest types like to hear. Intelligent and sensitive. Expand
  2. Feb 5, 2014
    8
    Vivid, dreamy, soulful, and adorned with soft instrumental arrangements, James Vincent McMorrow's second album provides listeners with a gentle and refreshening alternative sound. Delicate and unobtrusive, the instrumentation allows McMorrow to showcase his absolutely astounding voice without making it overbearing (which it definitely has the potential to be). Although the album may drag on at times, it ultimately provides less than 40 minutes of a beautiful and budding musical thought process. Think of it as a palate cleanser for the ear, transitioning from 2013 - that busy year for music - to whatever 2014 has in store for us.

    FINAL SCORE: 75 (pretty good----------o----------great)
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  3. Apr 24, 2014
    8
    A lot of people have compared this guy to James Blake and Bon Iver. While he does clearly borrow some ideas from them, he does keeps things mostly original. Instead of electronica or fok, James leads us on an album journey of neo-soul. Great harmonized falsettos, pianos, electronic melodies, light guitar and drum machines. A rather emotive album, mainly due to the passion in his voice. Where this is most apparent are on the simplest tracks, with just him and his piano. Other parts are a little more complex, with horn fills, string sections and crescendo builds. It's not a easy album to get into initially, but once you give it a few listens, and let the pretty good lyrics win you over as well, it's an easy album to like. Best tracks for me are Cavalier, Red Dust, Look Out and Post Tropical. Expand
  4. Sep 22, 2014
    7
    With 2010's "Early in the Morning", JVM delivered a fine debut, even if it was a rather typical singer songwriter affair. 3 and a bit years later he returns with a record that goes in a really surprising direction and while this is to be admired, the "new" sound has Bon Iver written all over it. It's a solid and enjoyable album but it does take repeated listens to get into before it starts to bloom (for me anyway). Many of the tracks take an eternity to build but are generally worth bearing with. The same could be said for the album in general - I found the final two tracks to be where the album really kicked on with "Glacier" and "Outside, Writing". I'm not sure what this album will do for his fanbase - could attract a whole raft of material starved Bon Iver fans but could also alienate the more mainstream singer songwriter market he made inroads into with his debut. He's taken a risky step with this one. I can't really say whether it has been a worthwhile risk. Expand