• Record Label: Barsuk
  • Release Date: Jul 25, 2006
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. A dazzling collection of songs, Putting The Days To Bed cements Roderick's reputation as one of the best songwriters working today.
  2. Roderick's knotty tales never wrap up neatly--and they're all the better for it. [4 Aug 2006, p.69]
  3. It's apparent that great care was taken in the making of this record as the meticulous production radiates through the music on every song.
  4. Putting the Days to Bed finds Roderick writing his most intimate lyrics to date while also building upon the radiant pop sensibility of 2005's Ultimatum EP.
  5. 80
    It's Roderick's lyrics that really grip. [Nov 2006, p.118]
  6. Putting the Days to Bed is a solid effort-- a step in a promising new direction.
  7. Roderick has a disarming command of how swelling choruses and careful harmonies can push a song from good to great.
  8. Mastermind John Roderick packs an endearing, nuanced indie-boy voice and a bucketload of bittersweet pop-rock melodies. [13 Jul 2006, p.105]
  9. 70
    Addictive listening. [Aug 2006, p.80]
  10. These are good songs, catchy enough to claim a place in your head while grounded by enough passion to put them close to your heart. It’s just that the Long Winters have proven themselves capable of even better than that.
  11. A substantive collection of back-to-basics indie rock.
  12. 70
    Bed... opts to crank the volume knobs a little, with wildly divergent results. [#73, p.100]
  13. Even though Days To Bed is littered with the sort of tunes that indie pop fans obsessively search for, it suffers the same fate as the group’s previous releases. By the time you reach the final 25% of the album, you’re more than ready to go to bed — and not in a good way.
  14. The first chunk of Putting the Days to Bed consists of the kind of big-chorused, proudly conventional pop songs summers are made of... Elsewhere Roderick's voice and lyrical acumen fail him.
  15. If in the future Roderick puts more brain power behind making his music as adventurous as his lyrics, the Long Winters' albums should only get better and better.
  16. Occasionally, Roderick gets in the way of himself and makes the proceedings more difficult than they should be. [Sep 2006, p.214]
  17. A few... tracks, such as “(It’s A) Departure,” will stick with you, but Putting the Days to Bed falls shy of expectations. [Summer 2006]
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. PatD
    Aug 5, 2006
    10
    Very, very solid album. Absolutely understated in every sense. The Long Winters have a finger on the pulse of relevant power-pop and cannot Very, very solid album. Absolutely understated in every sense. The Long Winters have a finger on the pulse of relevant power-pop and cannot make a bad album. No song on PTDTB sticks out above the rest yet they have already set the bar unreasonably high. The only thing this album lacks is a sense of pretentiousness that has found its way into most of this year's 'critically' acclaimed releases. Listen to their old stuff or their new stuff, it don't matter... just listen to their stuff. Full Review »
  2. Matthew
    Jul 27, 2006
    10
    Somehow these guys keep putting out a better album than the last every time they release one. I gave the first two albums a 8, then a 9, so Somehow these guys keep putting out a better album than the last every time they release one. I gave the first two albums a 8, then a 9, so now we see a 10. The second album never gets old and I introduce people to that album still to this day. It's easy to convert new fans when a band is just this darn good. This album is more pop than the last and has a strong energy from start to finish. I've been listening to it non-stop for two days and I've concluded that this is the perfect Christmas in July. Full Review »