Smoke Fairies - Smoke Fairies
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. May 19, 2014
    80
    It may have taken four albums to get there, but Smoke Fairies have assumed control of the ship.
  2. May 20, 2014
    20
    For a band once so captivating and mysterious, Smoke Fairies is a colossal step back.
  3. May 7, 2014
    80
    The songs are more direct and arrive with a harder edge [than 2012's Blood Speaks]. [May 2014, p.80]
  4. Apr 23, 2014
    60
    Not the breakthrough they crave but a highly engaging 45 minutes nonetheless. [May 2014, p.118]
  5. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    They still sing some parts in unison, but here their voices are arranged more imaginatively. [May 2014, p.89]
  6. Apr 11, 2014
    70
    This might not be the album that sees them break through, but it is a fine body of work from a pair of musicians embracing the thing they love most.
  7. Apr 11, 2014
    60
    It's far from perfect, but Smoke Fairies can be viewed as a record that speak of future potential, rather than wasted potential.
  8. Jun 18, 2014
    75
    Much of Smoke Fairies is the sound of a band embracing fatter orchestration and fuller arrangements on virtually every cut. [No. 110, p.61]
  9. 80
    If Blood Speaks found streaks of steel, Smoke Fairies is malleable in music and meaning.
  10. Apr 16, 2014
    60
    The result is a largely mixed bag of lyrically intelligent but sometimes slightly weak songs, all with a distinct air of the celestial.
  11. Apr 15, 2014
    80
    Smoke Fairies is full of great songs and shimmers with little details--a bit of spooky guitar here, an unexpected vocal swoon there.
  12. 80
    Smoke Fairies’ fourth album finds the English duo taking a tangent from their folk/blues approach with the help of a young producer, Kristofer Harris, who gives them a textured sound.

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