Shall Noise Upon - Apollo Sunshine
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 82
    Apollo Sunshine has finally created the audio beast we've been waiting for--a feast of emotions, sounds and additional weirdness. [Fall 2008, p.98]
  2. Shall Noise Upon is a great record, and an impossible one to digest in just one sitting. That's hardly a problem, though, because coming back to it is so rewarding.
  3. Shall Noise Upon is the first album to consistently contain songwriting equivalent to their technical prowess. [Oct 2008, p.152]
  4. Apollo Sunshine's third album is a delightful head-scratcher that explores old and new elements of psychedelia alike, from string sections, melting organs and echoey vocals to gritty, traveling guitar lines and lyrics about love and reincarnation.
  5. Apollo Sunshine still aspires to create a self-contained immersion experience, an attitude that, more than any particular strain of their dabbling, makes the band a welcome kind of happening.
  6. It is in this purely innovative way that Apollo Sunshine’s melodies are intoxicating, their lyrics epic, and their harmonies luscious--the more this album is listened to, the more the listener is impressed with the knowledge that there is something very powerful at play in this music.
  7. The growth on display here outweighs the band’s now reliable--and easily addressable--shortcomings.
  8. Never troubled by the problem of finding a voice so much as slowing down the torrent of post-everything fuzz guitar, tempo shifts and schizoid stomps, the trio here finds a middle ground between melody and experimentation.
  9. You keep wishing something would spread the information across a broader landscape so you can more readily take it all in. But then again, maybe the chemically enhanced listener will be better prepared to absorb all the color Shall Noise Upon enthusiastically radiates.
  10. Shall Noise Upon succeeds in fits and spurts, but as a whole, it lacks the continuity that is an essential ingredient for a career-defining record.
  11. Playing many different instruments, sometimes switching off to one another, they forge a slippery continuity out of messy glory. Sometimes they also manage beauty.
  12. There's something of a jukebox feel to Apollo Sunshine's third album, despite the near-radioactive levels of reverb-hazy psychedelia throughout.
  13. At 16 songs, it's not a perfect album, but when it fails (which is rare) it does so with forward momentum. [Fall 2008, p.79]
  14. Their new album, Shall Noise Upon, is intellectually thinner, more musically pedantic, and not quite as tongue-in-cheek.

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