Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
Buy On
  1. 80
    If David Gordon Green can get performances this good out of Prince Avalanche stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch then he’s on to an absolute winner--Explosions In The Sky and David Wingo are already there.
  2. Aug 20, 2013
    80
    It’s an experiment in construction, its sandbox carefully sparse. Fitting then, that Explosions In The Sky find that elusive spark and thrive in such surroundings.
  3. Aug 5, 2013
    80
    All told, Prince Avalanche is a beautifully subtle and introspective score that highlights the strong points of its composers while serving the needs of the film it was written for.
  4. Aug 6, 2013
    77
    Scattered moments show the band capturing a spark of creativity to make this exercise in using different instruments for very specific purposes mean something similar to their LPs. The results are some of the more exciting moments of the band’s recent output.
  5. Magnet
    Sep 25, 2013
    75
    Dramatic tension exists throughout, but in ways Explosions fans aren't used to hearing from the band. [No. 102, p.54]
  6. Aug 22, 2013
    70
    It feels unanchored and tremulous, without EITS’s signature drums--but it’s still beautiful.
  7. 70
    With 15 tracks spanning 38 minutes, there aren’t a whole lot of opportunities to connect or build on ideas, but the artists do a fine job of traversing dynamics.
  8. Aug 8, 2013
    70
    As a standalone record, however, Prince Avalanche OST captures a new way for Explosions in the Sky to make instrumental music, even if that requires some circumspection that pulls too tightly on the reins when a looser grip might have been the right move.
  9. Uncut
    Aug 5, 2013
    70
    It's an ensemble work, but the tremulous "An Old Peasant Like Me" is especially affecting. [Sep 2013, p.87]
  10. 70
    Of course, like any soundtrack, there are a number of pieces that end as quickly as they begin (“Fires,” “The Adventures Of Alvin and Lance”), their existence only making sense in the context of the film itself. Overall, however, Prince Avalanche contains songs that make this an album you can spin even if you have no interest in the film itself while illustrating the versatility of both EITS and Wingo.
  11. Aug 8, 2013
    67
    The soundtrack to David Gordon Green's slacker comedy works on a smaller scale, capturing fleeting moments in a series of reflective interludes that often pair long, sustained notes over plucked acoustic guitar.
  12. Aug 5, 2013
    65
    It's still questionable how this pretty, solemn music will work in the quirky context of Green's film, but it makes for a nice little album on its own.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jun 1, 2015
    10
    I loved the movie which came out Summer 2013. That summer was so remarkable for me.
    But the music... It's so relaxing that I can't even
    I loved the movie which came out Summer 2013. That summer was so remarkable for me.
    But the music... It's so relaxing that I can't even realize why it's so hidden. It's the best soundtrack on the world.
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  2. Oct 21, 2015
    0
    Skip this album and Manglehorn, if you want soundtrack listen to Friday Night Lights (legendary) or Lone Survivor, both epic in their ownSkip this album and Manglehorn, if you want soundtrack listen to Friday Night Lights (legendary) or Lone Survivor, both epic in their own right. This one and Manglehorn sound just different and in a awkward way. Full Review »