Sic Alps

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sep 17, 2012
    90
    While a lot of their peers have attempted (unsuccessfully, mostly) to beat down the doors of California's psychedelic myth, Sic Alps have taken their time and found their own way there; in doing so they've created one of the best records of the year.
  2. Sep 27, 2012
    80
    Sic Alps, a taut and absorbing listen, appears to have a mission to take conventional beauty and make it something more interesting by fraying its corners and smearing it with a little dirt. There is nothing Sic Alps could have done to create a better, more delicious sweet and sour record.
  3. 80
    The sloppiness comes with purpose, the production choices are specific, and off-kilter and off-key performances err closer to engaging erraticism than formless madness.
  4. Uncut
    Sep 14, 2012
    80
    This compellingly skewed mix of '60s neat, garage psych and country folk is business as (un)usual. [Oct 2012, p.86]
  5. Sep 19, 2012
    78
    It's a soft but sinister set of songs-- the Bay Area's answer to the Velvet Underground's self-titled record. Where Sic Alps were once wasted and wobbly, they are now stoned and serene.
  6. Sep 13, 2012
    75
    Sic Alps towers above the rest of the ample retro garage acts today, in both scope and measure.
  7. Sep 20, 2012
    70
    Their most concise yet dense and appealing album since their first non-album, Description Of The Harbor.
  8. Sep 17, 2012
    70
    Sic Alps isn't quite as flowing as its predecessor Napa Asylum, but it still does a fine job of balancing the band's increasing prowess and the sprawling, noisy mischief for which they've always been known.
  9. Sep 7, 2012
    70
    A couple of piano-led downers bring us to a close; bruised and bleeding, but breathlessly exhilarated.
  10. Oct 18, 2012
    60
    This album is their least messy and most consistent, but it hasn't left singer/songwriter Mike Donovan's slacker charm behind.
  11. Sep 17, 2012
    60
    Sic Alps is an often fine, often frustrating listen which only succeeds when some flesh is applied to those skinny Californian bones.
  12. Sep 17, 2012
    60
    Messy yet polished guitars surge through swathes of melodic white noise while the tracks are still able to maintain an impressive sharpness.
  13. 60
    This fifth album is a relatively sedate affair.
  14. Under The Radar
    Sep 7, 2012
    60
    This time out, there are strains of, say, Arthur-era Kinks, all crunchy clean guitars and sturdy vocal hooks. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.122]
  15. Q Magazine
    Sep 7, 2012
    40
    You can't argue with the boldness of the move, but it's hard to know who really wants a sensible Sic Alps. [Oct 2012, p.110]

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