Soft Will


Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. Aug 9, 2013
    Soft Will is certainly pleasant enough (which shouldn’t really be what you’re striving for with a rock album), and I’m sure is being hailed by indie taste makers everywhere who like their rock on the sterile side.
  2. Jul 10, 2013
    It's a lovely place that Soft Will fashions here, but it sounds hesitant about pulling you in, perhaps because its creators are secretly concerned that you'll realize you aren't really going anywhere.
  3. Jun 27, 2013
    Soft Will, like previous Smith Western albums, still brims with hooks but it never quite resolves if it’s still just good-time summer pop, dark-night-of-the-soul rumination or some sort of Summerteeth-esque middle ground.
  4. Jun 27, 2013
    Smith Westerns have proven themselves adept chameleons and excel in their new style. It’s just tough not to miss the old one.
  5. Jun 25, 2013
    On their third album, they move far away from their garage-rock starting point and construct an expertly lyrical world of yearning and insinuation.
  6. Jun 25, 2013
    The tempered songs of Soft Will, however, don’t feel thoughtfully restrained as much as deflated of enthusiasm.
  7. Jun 24, 2013
    All of the delicate, precious tom buildups that segue into invariably lofty choruses, all laced with the same pining slide guitars, overlay the record with a strummy, mid-tempo delirium that sets in once the considerable swagger of the first three tracks wears off.
  8. 60
    The subject matter gives depth to the record, but sometimes it feels like Smith Westerns are filling in templates instead of writing songs.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 22, 2014
    The sophomore album of Smith Westerns is yet another reason to keep an eye on this musical act. 'Idol', '3 AM Spiritual', 'Varsity', andThe sophomore album of Smith Westerns is yet another reason to keep an eye on this musical act. 'Idol', '3 AM Spiritual', 'Varsity', and 'White Oath' number among some of the most creative things I've ever heard. It may not be as groundbreaking as 'Dye it Blonde' was, but it is certainly worth a close listen. Full Review »