• Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Jul 24, 2012
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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 100 Ratings

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Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

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  1. Sep 13, 2012
    89
    The refrain in "Fineshrine" ("Get a little closer, let it fold/Cut open my sternum and pull/My little ribs around you") sums up Purity Ring with creepy efficacy, consuming and surrounding the listener. And as sweetly chirped by Megan James, it never seems like a bad thing.
  2. Sep 5, 2012
    60
    [A] sense of distance permeates the music: dark, mutable, likably repetitive synth whirr that recalls artfully creepy bands like the Knife.
  3. Aug 10, 2012
    70
    The contrast between Purity Ring's two halves is special and compelling, but Shrines goes over best when Roddick's reverent sound and James' lustful fury synchronize and break you off properly, womb-stem-style.