Sic Alps


Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sep 27, 2012
    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.
  2. Sep 20, 2012
    Their most concise yet dense and appealing album since their first non-album, Description Of The Harbor.
  3. Sep 19, 2012
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. Sep 17, 2012
    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.
  6. Sep 17, 2012
    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.
  7. Uncut
    Sep 14, 2012
    This compellingly skewed mix of '60s neat, garage psych and country folk is business as (un)usual. [Oct 2012, p.86]
  8. Sep 13, 2012
    Sic Alps towers above the rest of the ample retro garage acts today, in both scope and measure.
  9. Sep 7, 2012
    A couple of piano-led downers bring us to a close; bruised and bleeding, but breathlessly exhilarated.

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