Soft Fall


Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Oct 2, 2012
    While this is a remarkably process-oriented album, Soft Fall is also some of Barthmus' most engaging work, especially on the tracks where tight song structures give form and contrast to his grandiose tendencies.
  2. Oct 2, 2012
    Sun Airway may be losing some of its psychedelic characteristics that attracted many of its original fans, but the new sounds allow its lyrical creativity and musical experimentation to grow without confinement.
  3. 60
    While there is more focus to the classically tinged electro-pop songwriting on Soft Fall than their last album (2010′s Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier), it shows up in moments, and disappears entirely at others.
  4. Oct 15, 2012
    Good rather than great, and enjoyable if rarely fully captivating, what's clear is that Barthmus has a talent both as a producer, arranger and writer that could well pay dividends a couple of records down the line.
  5. Oct 2, 2012
    The electronic-pop of Jon Barthmus once again brings together the upbeat pop and whimsical electronic orchestration that made Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier such a dynamic debut.
  6. Magnet
    Oct 10, 2012
    The album's first half explores the same musical territories as Nocturne--the chiming euphony of a hundred things happening at once, the guileless melodic patterns that wander up the scale and back--but it does so in lifted fog. [No. 92, p.59]
  7. Oct 2, 2012
    He's combined a sparkly and woozy aesthetic with killer melodies to create a cohesive and fun winning formula.
  8. Oct 3, 2012
    Sun Airway conducts Soft Fall with a unique command, never straying from its drifting atmosphere even as it continually delivers a batch of catchy, highly replayable songs.
  9. Oct 3, 2012
    Soft Fall just works, whether as a dazzling display of sumptuous synthetic ambience, rich, romantic pop, and quite a few points in between.
  10. Q Magazine
    Nov 21, 2012
    The album's closing songs blur into a somewhat too-cushioned landing. [Dec 2012, p.112]
  11. 75
    Glossy and palatable, but also decidedly sophisticated.
  12. Nov 27, 2012
    They manage to avoid toppling over on themselves, due to support from three instrumental pieces: "Activity 1-3," whose tasteful cinematic touches buttress much of the material.

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