Promise Of Love - American Analog Set
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. The changes are so minute and the record so unassuming and melody free that it is really hard to care about the band anymore.
  2. End[s] up sounding timid and a little tedious.
  3. They may not aim to change the world, but it couldn't hurt if a few more people were exposed to music as subtly accomplished as that found on Promise of Love.
  4. Anyone who’s familiar with The American Analog Set knows what to expect and won’t be disappointed by this album.
  5. AmAnSet's output is predictable, delivering what the Austin, Texas, group does best: floating melodies and whispered vocals in songs about you and me and now, all the things that came between us.
  6. And though the album is full of promising leads and sharp-witted initiative, it's hard to shake the feeling that this album is a collection of unfinished ideas, presented with no pretensions to the contrary.
  7. Promise Of Love would be a good joint, by indie rock standards, if the passive-aggressive everyschmuck ex-girlfriend mixed-tape staples on the latter half didn’t suck so badly.
  8. Promise Of Love is chock-full of pretty, melancholic music. In other words money well spent.
  9. 80
    Promise of Love's cyclical episodes unravel at an amenable mid-pace, each one allowed just enough time to establish a mood bfore halting as over-familiarity threatens. [Jul 2003, p.101]
  10. 80
    Somehow the emotions bleed through, raw as hell. [#17, p.132]
  11. Narcotic, hypnotic and quietly cerebral, it's more satisfying and less elusive. [Jul 2003, p.112]
  12. 70
    While nothing new, a hypnotic hum and gently insistent melody sees them through. [Aug 2003, p.102]
  13. It's the simple beauty that overwhelms here. [Sep 2003, p.98]
  14. Promise never runs out of steam or succumbs to laziness, but it's never as engaging as it should be, either.
  15. 67
    A little rockier, a little slower, and a little less transporting. [Jul 2003, p.110]
  16. 90
    What's miraculous about Promise Of Love is the way the band instills the music with such incredible warmth. [#59, p.85]
  17. AmAnSet gives us dance music that's perfect to sit down and listen to, opening an imaginary club in our heads.
  18. Promise Of Love has a leftover-ish feel, especially coming on the heels of the accessible, eclectic Know By Heart, but the Texas lounge-rock group remains pleasantly listenable.
  19. Initially sounds nothing special but gradually crawls into your subconscious and sets up home. [#233, p.72]

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