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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the experimental Icelandic band sees the return of founding member Gyða Valtýsdóttir.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 3, 2013
    80
    The album is easily Múm's most commercial to date.
  2. 80
    Smilewound’s gleeful, weird-pop eclecticism builds up the goodwill to cover any lull.
  3. Sep 19, 2013
    80
    Pared-down twinkly electronic pop with arcane instruments alloyed to laptop smarts that chills as it enchants. [Oct 2013, p.98]
  4. Sep 4, 2013
    70
    It may well be Múm’s most balanced, enjoyable record yet.
  5. Jan 27, 2014
    60
    There's still the odd detour into eerie atmospherics, but essentially this is electronica for people who fine The Knife hard going, with recent Kylie collaboration, Whistle, providing a final dusting of pop sugar. [Oct 2013, p.106]
  6. Sep 3, 2013
    60
    Smilewound finds the woolly jumpered collective coasting through another set of impressionistic glitch-pop and clockwork exotica. [Sep 2013, p.92]
  7. Nov 18, 2013
    40
    They are trying too hard for precocious-ness, not enough for worn-in beauty.

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