Shapeshifting - Young Galaxy
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  • Record Label: Paper Bag Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop, Dream Pop
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 24, 2011
    90
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Apr 13, 2011
    80
    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]
  4. Feb 24, 2011
    76
    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.
  5. Mar 10, 2011
    70
    Shapeshifting is an album that grows on you, as repeated listens reveal the nooks and crannies of these charming elecro-pop tunes.
  6. Feb 24, 2011
    70
    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.
  7. Mar 9, 2011
    50
    he overall result is in line with Studio's work or that of some of their Swedish contemporaries. [Feb 2011, p.69]

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  1. Mar 21, 2011
    8
    I 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. Expand