Sea Lion

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Mar 4, 2008
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9

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  1. MattB
    Apr 21, 2008
    10
    I'm surprised it didn't get a higher rating. This is a contender for album of the year ...definitely rivals destroyer and cloud cult releases. Its a mysterious, gorgeous psychedelic journey. Double extra bonus points for the 80's influence on a couple tracks. This is something you really have to let grow on ya (not that there aren't immediatley grabbing tracks -Tane I'm surprised it didn't get a higher rating. This is a contender for album of the year ...definitely rivals destroyer and cloud cult releases. Its a mysterious, gorgeous psychedelic journey. Double extra bonus points for the 80's influence on a couple tracks. This is something you really have to let grow on ya (not that there aren't immediatley grabbing tracks -Tane Mahuta) the way they segue in and out of different parts is quite brilliant. I find myself appreciating something new each time I listen to it. Expand
  2. MortenF.
    Apr 24, 2008
    5
    I find it a bit "messy" with many different sounds and stiles. And somehow its not working together. It lack of the good melody and a of an album as a hole.
  3. LawrenceCharles
    Apr 21, 2008
    10
    This is kaleidoscopic pop music at its best. There are so many ideas and sounds buzzing around on this record you'd think it'd be a complete mess and yet ... somehow it works brilliantly. Definitely contender for the best pop album of 2008.
  4. OliverC.
    Apr 22, 2008
    9
    I love this album. It loses a point because it does get a little boring at times, but otherwise it is beautiful and fun.
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Culture clashes never sounded so good.
  2. Layered, and a bit rough-around-the-edges, Sean Lion is also a heck of a lot of fun, and marks The Ruby Suns as a young group to keep an eye on.
  3. Filter
    76
    Like New Zealand itself, it must be experienced to be really understood. [Winter 2008, p.92]