Rewild

Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 90
    Needless to say, for a band only formed in January 2008, not only is this release very ambitious, but also well meticulously well crafted.
  2. There's a gleefully fluid rock'n'roll dynamic driving this whole record, more evocative of modern-day US psychedelic reprobates The Dandy Warhols or The Brain Jonestown Massacre, rather than students trying to be clever.
  3. 80
    A frequently startling record of no little beauty--which threatens to launch a new, esoteric generation of Williamsburg wonders.
  4. All of the time, Will Roan's vocal proves to be the most engaging aspect of Rewild, even at its least explosive.
  5. 70
    Roan coaxes with an almost deliriously euphoric art-rock swagger, while O'Connor infuses every track with hedonistic energy. Amazing Baby are desperate to dazzle--and they often do.
  6. Under The Radar
    70
    Rewild shimmers like the best T. Rex tracks and rip through the raw power of acid rock during its 47 minute running time. [Summer 2009, p.64]
  7. Rewild is how an average debut album should pan out. It might outstrip its ambition and wear its influences too blatantly, but Amazing Baby could be something special once it all clicks.
  8. Rewild is a decent debut album with enough promise to justify keeping a watchful eye for the future.
  9. The band batter you around the head with the kitchen sink in an attempt to get you to sit up and take notice, sometimes to the point where it simply gives you a headache.
  10. It’s all very lush and fabulous, but also restrained and calculated to the point of coldness. If that’s intentional, they’ve pulled it off, but not necessarily to the album’s benefit.
  11. Everything from Pulpish glam to pastoral psychedelia is given the multicoloured makeover, and yet for all its grandiosity, there's something slightly unsatisfying about Rewild.
  12. Mojo
    60
    Results vary, froma plodding, Kasbian-like 'Deeripper' to the charmingly labyrinthine 'Headdress,' which is so fresh it feels like the genuine article. [Jul 2009, p.96]
  13. Q Magazine
    60
    Nearly, but not quite. [Jul 2009, p.117]
  14. 'Roverfrenz,' an airy synth fantasia with Animal Collective-ish percussion, gets by on neato textures instead of sharp tunes. In general, Rewild could use a little more of the latter, but who has time for that when you're knee-deep in giant guitars and weird ambient vocalizations?
  15. Rewild isn’t an amazing recording, but it is an ambitious one, if supernaturally shallow.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. HelenB
    Aug 18, 2009
    10
    Rewild is sophisticated, beautiful, mesmerizing. The more you listen, the more levels you find. Stunning.
  2. toms
    Aug 16, 2009
    10
    Cosmic wonder.
  3. PatrickM
    Jul 31, 2009
    10
    This band is great!