Songs for Imaginative People


Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Feb 19, 2013
    Drawn-in listeners are sure to be rewarded with increased payoffs after multiple listens, but even they may long for the simpler days of "Radar Detector."
  2. Feb 15, 2013
    Smith comes across similarly disenchanted and tempted by the prospect on Songs for Imaginative People, where he's torn between celebrating and bemoaning commercial excess.
  3. Uncut
    Feb 7, 2013
    Deez's second album ups the wonky'n'witty ante with out sacrificing heart or tunes. [Mar 2013, p.70]
  4. Q Magazine
    Feb 8, 2013
    To truly get into the spirit, though, you'll need to have an attention span longer than his own. [Mar 2013, p.96]
  5. 80
    There’s still a sense, at its heart, of a warm, yet slightly neurotic overthinker, sat at a mixing desk in his bedroom, possibly in his big white underpants, and just going wherever the spirit takes him.
  6. Feb 7, 2013
    On the whole sometimes the production frills work and other times they sound a bit too much. But either way his solid songwriting skills and lyrical wizardy remains and makes sure that when you listen to this, that you're not gonna anywhere else except in Deez land.
  7. Feb 8, 2013
    The album is certainly imaginative, if not entirely coherent, and this is perhaps what makes the band a unique presence.
  8. Feb 7, 2013
    This album unfortunately fails to showcase his strengths, and proves something of an obstacle course for the listener to negotiate.
  9. 60
    There are parts that gel, and others that are just plain strange: flippant tone shifts, gritty electronica jarring with the twinkling guitars and Deez’s hearty warbling.
  10. Feb 7, 2013
    There is a real sense of Smith genuinely expressing himself through the number of strutting guitar solos and melodic flourishes
  11. 50
    More often these tracks wander in search of melodies that seem frustratingly out of reach.
  12. Flitting between 1980s soul-pop and jerky indie, it has its big, brash, pop-rock moments.
  13. Feb 8, 2013
    [The album] is a natural progression from the first, as the band’s distinctively jangly, incessantly upbeat guitars are remodelled in increasingly eccentric ways.

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