Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 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.
  2. Apr 11, 2012
    80
    Rhine Gold does feel a bit frontloaded, with the most compelling tracks happening in the first half, losing a little momentum towards the end, but this is still a superb release.
  3. Mar 16, 2012
    80
    Expansive, orchestral and delicate, its beauty [the band's music] is totally deserving of another round of critical acclaim.
  4. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    Jannis Noya Makrigiannis clearly has his own agenda allowing his haunting songs to develop at leisure. [Apr 2012, p.106]
  5. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    COYB trade in wintery, foreboding hymnals that conjure Sigur Ros, Radiohead and an existentially challenged Aled Jones staring out across the abyss. [Apr 2012, p.94]
  6. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    The second full-length album is richly textured and exceedingly complex in its arrangements. [Apr 2012, p.75]
  7. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    This second album continues in the same vein as the 2009 debut: fragile, precisely enunciated vocals pick their way through frosty terrain created by synth, guitar and strings, for a result that gets discomfitingly under the skin.
  8. Mar 21, 2012
    79
    Both bold and refreshing, Rhine Gold's dreamy approach to its dark arrangements delivers a unique take on orchestral pop.
  9. May 22, 2012
    77
    Choir of Young Believers have created a singular sonic world all their own.
  10. 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.
  11. Brilliantly sequenced and realised though it is, the album only just manages to keep the attention for its 54 minutes, meaning first-time listeners could be put off by the sparse arrangements and slow pace.
  12. 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.
  13. Mar 30, 2012
    70
    This is an album rich in ideas, heavy on emotion.
  14. Mar 23, 2012
    70
    Rhine Gold is an album that demands scrutiny, and it's definitely worth taking the time to engage in.
  15. 70
    With this record, he and his choir may very well have found that desired breath of fresh air without abandoning the immensely solid groundwork of album #1
  16. Apr 6, 2012
    65
    Rhine Gold doesn't sound like it's trying to create another emo anthem, which gives its tracks a genuine, unaffected quality. [#86, p.53]
  17. Apr 5, 2012
    60
    When it's good, Rhine Gold has got everything you want. There's ambition, surprise and innovation. It's just that it feels like COYB go on autopilot at certain times, which detracts from the album as a whole.
  18. 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 - setsAlready 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. Full Review »