Smoke Fairies - Smoke Fairies

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
    It may have taken four albums to get there, but Smoke Fairies have assumed control of the ship.
  2. May 20, 2014
    For a band once so captivating and mysterious, Smoke Fairies is a colossal step back.
  3. May 7, 2014
    The songs are more direct and arrive with a harder edge [than 2012's Blood Speaks]. [May 2014, p.80]
  4. Apr 23, 2014
    Not the breakthrough they crave but a highly engaging 45 minutes nonetheless. [May 2014, p.118]
  5. Apr 23, 2014
    They still sing some parts in unison, but here their voices are arranged more imaginatively. [May 2014, p.89]
  6. Apr 11, 2014
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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