Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Remind Me Where the Light Is ultimately concludes as the luminous successor to "Trading Twilight for Daylight"--bright where that album was nocturnal, open-armed where "Twilight" was introspective, and altogether illustrative of Great Northern's growth as songwriters and performers.
  2. This is an album that’s extremely clean--the spic-and-span sonics might be the work of producer Michael Patterson. Even if it might help Great Northern achieve some broader success, all that cleansing has buffed away much of the band’s character.
  3. 60
    Great Northern may not have learned the art of being musically economical, but perhaps their greatest strength lies in their maximalist tendencies.
  4. 60
    Unfortunately, the newfound confidence doesn't extend to lyrics rife with nonspecific, mixed-metaphorical angst that smacks of the overwrought youth demo they've otherwise outgrown.
  5. It feels a lot longer than it is, and that's a bad thing. [May 2009, p.115]
  6. Remind Me ... has the feel of two albums compressed into one, and a slightly more minimal approach to instrumentation would have given some of the slower numbers added gravitas.
  7. The band's music is spot-on for soundtrack work precisely because it's moody yet unobtrusive, evocative of something, yet noncommittal enough to conceivably fit any emotional tableaux.
  8. The production on their sophomore effort, Remind Me Where the Light Is, is both a blessing and a curse, inflating some effects to dazzling prominence while pushing a host of crummy, outdated ideas to the forefront.
  9. The album’s cleanly produced and confidently performed, and the material has been polished up until it shines brightly at first. But a few repetitions quickly drain Remind Me Where the Light Is of much of its impact.
  10. Much of the songwriting presented here also feels fairly stock. [Spring 2009, p.66]
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. t.jfillmore
    May 31, 2009
    1
    Boring....heard this all before...money and jealousy (from the scary piano playing lady singer) got to their heads...and based on all the major music magazine reviews....this album sucks! Full Review »
  2. PhilB
    Apr 30, 2009
    9
    I've been a big fan of Metacritic for the past three years and never felt compelled enough to write a review until now. Maybe it because I am huge fan of their first album and EP, but I couldn't disagree more with the direction of these poor reviews. If you ever get a chance to see them live, do it. Will it change your life? No. But they're a great band that continues to put out consistent, beautiful music. Full Review »