Shangri-La

  • Record Label: DFA
  • Release Date: Jun 21, 2011
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Jun 21, 2011
    88
    It's not the exquisite crispness of Yacht's bass lines that makes Shangri-La so appealing (though that certainly doesn't hurt). Rather, it's the band's knack for giving weighty ideas the lighthearted gift of groove.
  2. Ultimately, it might not be a more serious album than anything previous, but Shangri-La captures the spirit of uncertainty and restlessness that 21st century modernity has created.
  3. Dec 7, 2011
    80
    Musically however, Shangri-La keeps things fairly light and upbeat, with plenty of memorable, chanted vocal hooks and a satisfying mixture of live and sequenced instrumentation.
  4. Aug 11, 2011
    80
    While the conceptual ambitions occasionally overstep the mark, they rarely get in the way of the cerebral and gluteal-vibratory enjoyment that is to be found. It's a work no less beneficial than entertaining.
  5. Uncut
    Jul 15, 2011
    80
    Ironic jape or not, Shangri-La captures the DFA label aesthetic perfectly, blending electro post-punk, disco and art-pop with conceptual elan, and icing the cake with dance-friendly production. [Jul 2011, p.103]
  6. Jul 7, 2011
    80
    On Shangri-La YACHT have proven that no matter what the concept is, it always comes down to the music.
  7. Jun 28, 2011
    80
    Even in the context of what is turning out to be a stonking year for electro-pop, YACHT have concocted a record to match their peers in Metronomy, Cut Copy and Friendly Fires.
  8. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    If dance is the religion YACHT's preaching this summer, consider us converted.
  9. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    Working on many levels: entertaining, thought-provoking, musically satisfying and yes, still pretty funny too in parts; YACHT might not be genuinely looking to save your souls, but they certainly have more to offer than most other sects that you might care to join.
  10. 80
    There's a certain magic in being able to shake your booty to music with heavy themes, and YACHT nails that duality perfectly here, whether they're discussing God, love, or the space-time continuum.
  11. Jun 21, 2011
    75
    Shangri-La doesn't do much to breathe fresh life into them [notions of utopia, apocalypse, enlightenment, and true love]. But in its own naïve way, YACHT rejuvenates the scenery in this vision of paradise by casting things in an extremely literal light.
  12. Jul 5, 2011
    70
    My own axes aside this is a fun and highly commendable record; well produced and with some excellent pop songs in tandem with enough stratagem to be considered a real credit to the band: scattered hints of genius, however, are not the same as the real thing.
  13. Jun 30, 2011
    70
    There's a strong air of the post-punk '80s, and at the same time, the album's driving rhythms make it more DFA-like in spirit, like they're taking up part of the mantle of the now-defunct LCD Soundsystem, perhaps.
  14. Jun 24, 2011
    70
    On Shangri-La, YACHT add sinewy live instrumentation to their previously chilly electro, and when frontwoman Claire Evans, possessed of Kim
 Gordon's cool authority and Annie's playfulness, 
espouses her utopian "belief system," the 
bubblegum beats make it easy to buy into the philosophizing.
  15. Jul 5, 2011
    65
    Shangri-La offers more than enough frantic beats, fidgety bass lines, spiky guitar leads, soaring piano riffs, delirious vocal harmonies, and, yes, cowbells to fit in on any house-party playlist.
  16. Aug 2, 2011
    63
    It is a step in the right direction and, despite its failings, a potential sign of good things to come. As far as community art projects go, I'm inclined to say that this one still has legs, even if it doesn't prove that Portlanders can get people to use theirs.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 7, 2011
    7
    Not my favorite album this year or by YACHT in general but definitely a solid album. I thought that many of these songs were quite catchy butNot my favorite album this year or by YACHT in general but definitely a solid album. I thought that many of these songs were quite catchy but not necessarily great songs, much like today's mainstream hits. Definitely not a bad album.
    FAV TRACKS: Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire), I Walked Alone
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