Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. The timbre or the texture of the sounds they make is worth noting while working through Smilewound, but hardly worth returning specifically for.
  2. Nov 18, 2013
    They are trying too hard for precocious-ness, not enough for worn-in beauty.
  3. Sep 16, 2013
    Smilewound traipses all over the place, sometimes tripping as it finds it’s path. But when it does, it surges with moments of delicate finesse and threatening omnission.
  4. Sep 9, 2013
    It's remarkable that an album with so much fast, dynamic percussion still has such a lugubrious pace, which makes all the sharp details drift by in an indistinct mass.
  5. Q Magazine
    Jan 27, 2014
    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. Uncut
    Sep 3, 2013
    Smilewound finds the woolly jumpered collective coasting through another set of impressionistic glitch-pop and clockwork exotica. [Sep 2013, p.92]

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