Shallow Bed

  • Record Label: Red Ink
  • Release Date: Apr 17, 2012
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. 100
    An extraordinary debut from a new British-based band who combine a gipsy swagger with tremulous sensitivity and gothic rock drama.
  2. Mar 5, 2012
    80
    It is to Dry The River's credit, however, that they have in Shallow Bed created an album that both plays to their strengths and showcases a diversity of modes, each sculpted authentically. An outstanding effort.
  3. Apr 20, 2012
    70
    Liddle has previously described their sound as "folky gospel music played by a post-punk band," and Shallow Bed's eclectic spiritual nature proves that isn't just hollow talk.
  4. Apr 18, 2012
    80
    Shallow Bed is refreshingly free of archaic, "old timey" references; it feels both relevant and familiar.
  5. Apr 17, 2012
    40
    It's like a Portlandia satire of the world's most studious band.
  6. Apr 17, 2012
    63
    It's like a late-aughts hipster cocktail.
  7. Instead of charm you've got big dramatic gestures at every turn.
  8. 70
    Shallow Bed is solid, but it's not quite on the same level as something like Helplessness Blues or even Sigh No More.
  9. Mar 5, 2012
    80
    A rare collection of songs that succeeds in both evoking the ethereal and forcing you to reach for the volume button.
  10. Mar 5, 2012
    70
    Although at times the tunes and excitement commonly associated with a debut album can become lost in painful pursuit of authenticity, this is a surefooted and uncompromising collection.
  11. Mar 5, 2012
    70
    While Dry The River stick resolutely--and somewhat predictably--to their 'start quiet, build to a stomping ending' mantra throughout, Shallow Bed is an uplifting debut.
  12. Mar 5, 2012
    60
    The talk of Bible belts, railroads and medicine men rings just a bit hollow when you know they come not from some remote Appalachian cabin but a shared house in Stratford, east London.
  13. Dry The River have made a very good debut album.
  14. Mar 5, 2012
    60
    It's too precise, too ordered to fully lift, and, unlike the band's live shows, too damn earnest.
  15. Oct 9, 2012
    67
    Dry the River carries a touch of Shearwater's trilling flair in the swell of "No Rest," and at times Liddle riddles with equally arcane lyrics from his anthropology and medical backgrounds. It's what lingers beneath this riverbed that compels.
  16. Mojo
    Apr 20, 2012
    80
    More thoughtful and restrained than the heavily tattooed band's raucous live (and already very well-attended) shows may have promised, Shallow Bed is full of passion, nonetheless. [May 2012, p.88]
  17. Q Magazine
    Mar 14, 2012
    80
    This mix of fearlessness, craft and believability is irresistible. [April 2012, p.90]
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Jul 24, 2012
    0
    Remarkable album! 10 out of 10 man! this indie-folk album much much better than Mumford and sons debut album. Nice tunes, track 7 and 9 quiteRemarkable album! 10 out of 10 man! this indie-folk album much much better than Mumford and sons debut album. Nice tunes, track 7 and 9 quite moving that reach your heart and grab it tight till u feels cold by this damn fine songs. Full Review »