Rhine Gold - Choir of Young Believers
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  • Summary: The second album for the Danish band led by Jannis Noya Makrigiannis includes influences from orchestral pop, krautrock, folk, and avant-garde music.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    The second full-length album is richly textured and exceedingly complex in its arrangements. [Apr 2012, p.75]
  2. Mar 16, 2012
    80
    Expansive, orchestral and delicate, its beauty [the band's music] is totally deserving of another round of critical acclaim.
  3. Apr 16, 2012
    80
    Riveting and unpredictable across multiple plays, Choir of Young Believers has expanded upon the blueprint outlined on their well-crafted first album and channeled it into a sophomore release that's really outstanding.
  4. Mar 21, 2012
    75
    For all its robust, pristinely recorded eclecticism, Rhine Gold holds together beautifully, thanks to Makrigiannis's angelic tenor, which soothes and stirs in equal measure.
  5. Apr 13, 2012
    72
    Expanding on the theatrical tendencies of its reverb-drenched debut This Is For the White in Your Eyes, the darks are darker, but there are also lighter lights.
  6. Mar 23, 2012
    70
    Rhine Gold is an album that demands scrutiny, and it's definitely worth taking the time to engage in.
  7. Mar 15, 2012
    60
    Studio gloss and sanitised drums too often leave things sounding a little safe.

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  1. May 26, 2012
    8
    Already the first track on the album - "The Third Time", which draws inspirations from classical music combined with oriental motifs - sets the bar high for the Danish band. Fortunately, this level is maintained throughout the entire album, which you can see through songs, which are usually the result of several interconnected styles. Worth mentioning is even over ten minute "Paralyze" which is a fusion of indie rock, alternative and folk. Expand