Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. 80
    On Shapeshifting, their first album for Paper Bag Records, Young Galaxy have found a sound that lives up to McCandless's compelling voice (it seems Ramsay has been reduced to a secondary role, save for opener "The Angels Are Surely Weeping"), and it provides an overall sensation very unlike their first two attempts.
  2. Mar 10, 2011
    Shapeshifting is an album that grows on you, as repeated listens reveal the nooks and crannies of these charming elecro-pop tunes.
  3. Feb 24, 2011
    There are synths that buzz, synths that whiz, synths that glow in the dark--the luxurious texture may put you in an electro-psych trance. But Young Galaxy are greedy. Not satisfied with being masters of atmosphere, they also aim for hooks--most of which are not sticky enough to jolt you back to the waking world.
  4. Feb 24, 2011
    Shapeshifting isn't just something from which to go forward; it's an absolute success in everything it tries. I only wish Young Galaxy had pushed a bit more, because there's no doubt that this could have been so much more.
  5. Feb 24, 2011
    The result is Young Galaxy's finest record, and while it's impossible to say if Lissvik made the band better, he definitely made them more interesting and relevant.
  6. Feb 24, 2011
    It's thus a relief to see something, anything, resembling a coherent full-length emerge from that group of musicians, and for it to be as good as Shapeshifting is. More than anything, though, this is a success for Young Galaxy, who prove themselves far more versatile and open than they ever did before, and, as such, are likely to win over a new whole new audience.
  7. Feb 24, 2011
    Sexy, transformative, and utterly impressive, Shapeshifting is a not simply a landmark album for Young Galaxy, but an unexpected joy to listen to again and again.
  8. Feb 24, 2011
    Shapeshifting may sound very contemporary, but it's not in the least derivative.
  9. Feb 24, 2011
    The result is Young Galaxy's third album, Shapeshifting, which retains the band's new wave and synth-pop influences while also dabbling in both more electronic and more earthly sounds and textures, frequently inhabiting the same tropical-pop terrain of bands like Vampire Weekend and jj.
  10. Uncut
    Apr 13, 2011
    There are crafted, uplifting songs, but also haunting, ambient undercurrents hinting at everything from Art Of Noise to The xx to Fever Ray. [May 2011, p.103]
  11. Under The Radar
    Mar 9, 2011
    he overall result is in line with Studio's work or that of some of their Swedish contemporaries. [Feb 2011, p.69]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 21, 2011
    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I truly enjoyed this album. There's just something about Catherine McCandless' vocals that make thisI was pleasantly surprised by how much I truly enjoyed this album. There's just something about Catherine McCandless' vocals that make this album worth coming back to. It's a nice change of pace from the current music scene and I recommend everyone giving it a listen. Full Review »