Stitches - Califone
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sep 9, 2013
    90
    They make up an entire color palette of music and lyrics, of sounds and themes, that when combined on Rutili’s canvas make up truly original territory.
  2. Sep 3, 2013
    89
    The combination of loose fun and pinpoint accuracy here is bracing, and Califone’s sheer originality is a great counterpoint to the many acts trying desperately to live up to the legacy of their formers.
  3. 85
    The economic arrangements make sure that every note counts.
  4. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    If every Califone album is little more than the continued assurance that they're incapable of releasing music that's not exceptional, then Stitches is just as good, just as wonderfully mature and finely crafted and lyrically sophisticated, as the band's very best.
  5. Oct 22, 2013
    80
    You’d think that an album with somewhat conventional music that eschews a conventional sense of arc, narrative or otherwise, would come off awkward or ineffectual, but with Stitches there is aesthetic, textural immediacy and, even more importantly, immaculate craftmanship to help it make an impact from the very first listen.
  6. Sep 19, 2013
    80
    Many of the songs segue into one another, a percussive keyboard outro blending into a slow keyboard intro, with Moses sounding like the soundtrack to sunrise--gorgeous. [Oct 2013, p.95]
  7. Sep 19, 2013
    80
    It's best to take each line as a scene, each song an onslaught of images, but embedded indelibly into your brain by hooks that won't quit. [No. 102, p.53]
  8. Sep 3, 2013
    80
    There aren't many groups whose experimental cojones nestle comfortably alongside arch-classicist songwriting, but Califone solved that thorny equation long ago. [Sep 2013, p.85]
  9. Sep 3, 2013
    80
    Stitches' ten quietly lustrous tracks dutifully reflect the arid Southwest vistas from which they were sprung.
  10. Sep 6, 2013
    74
    It retains Califone’s signature continuity effect--with slowed acoustic guitar and droning, industrial electronics--burning a 50-minute album into a grand, cinematic waft.
  11. Sep 9, 2013
    73
    In total, Stitches is exactly the sort of Americana record that can act as antidote for what’s happening in the genre right now.
  12. Sep 16, 2013
    70
    It’s more direct in many places, but finds a power in that directness that has led some of the band’s best music.
  13. Sep 3, 2013
    70
    There may be less surprises over its 45 minutes than over the course of earlier efforts, but Rutili’s hand for slanted folk songs that possess their own select personality is as strong as ever, and for this reason, we have at least one thing whose reality is equal to its unreal paradigm.
  14. Sep 3, 2013
    60
    It's not quite as strong as Roots & Crowns or All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, but Stitches is a fine addition to a quality body of music. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.87]

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