Songs of Patience - Alberta Cross
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Dec 6, 2012
    80
    It's brighter, somehow more optimistic album, in which sweet melodies surface from growling, howling guitars and a storm of whirling noise. [1 Sep 2012, p.51]
  2. Nov 20, 2012
    70
    Although some may wish for more diversity within the set (these songs contain a lot of the same techniques and styles), as well as more layers to flesh out the core songwriting, there's still plenty to like.
  3. Nov 20, 2012
    70
    These 10 songs often appear to be just elaborate jams, whipped up in the studio, with a few scribbled-down choruses added along the way.
  4. Nov 20, 2012
    70
    While it may occasionally get bogged down by its near constant need to reach the nosebleed seats, the desperation that the band emits ultimately feels inclusive rather than brazen.
  5. Nov 20, 2012
    62
    [Alberta Cross] appropriate the lolling blue country leanings, rock folksy aplomb and sultry gospel that kids love in Kings of Leon, and murk it up with the shrouded-cloud heaviness of their collective homelands.
  6. Dec 6, 2012
    60
    Aside from the Ryan Adams-esque "Bonfires." on their second album the more scruffy, down home elements of Alberta Cross' 2009 debut have been buffed to a stadium sheen. [Sep 2012, p.71]+
  7. Nov 29, 2012
    60
    These guileless, well-hemmed songs could use a few more frayed edges. [Dec 2012, p.96]
  8. Nov 20, 2012
    60
    It's so well constructed as pop music the only thing you can really say is that there's not much diversity.
  9. Nov 20, 2012
    60
    Their reach so far exceeds their grasp that all we can hear is the rift between their ambitions and their abilities.
  10. 60
    Alberta Cross sticks to its Atlantic Ocean-spanning guns on Songs of Patience, and more often than not, it hits the target dead on.
  11. Nov 26, 2012
    40
    Too often, though, his eagerness to please sees him tumbling down to earth. [Oct 2012, p.93]

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