Strange Land

  • Record Label: Barsuk
  • Release Date: Mar 6, 2012
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Mar 8, 2012
    81
    While this might indeed be a coming-of-age record, it's very clear that this is an acknowledging age and existence experience.
  2. Mar 15, 2012
    78
    That old-fashioned indie-rock ethos of baring it all and hoping for liberation's kickback – they don't make 'em like this anymore.
  3. Mar 19, 2012
    70
    As a band, Yellow Ostrich is in its infancy, and it's forgiveable that they haven't quite found the best way to show their hand both as a unit and as separate entities at this stage.
  4. Mar 13, 2012
    70
    While the lyrics are a little repetitive, the catchy rhythms make this a solid album for spring.
  5. Mar 8, 2012
    70
    Even though Yellow Ostrich succeeds at creating catchy, clean-sounding indie rock, that style doesn't dominate the album.
  6. Mar 8, 2012
    70
    Ultimately, Strange Land is a bold and successful leap into new and previously unexplored territory for Yellow Ostrich.
  7. May 2, 2012
    68
    What Schaff's everyloner routine lacks in subtlety, it makes up in a certain fraught, occasionally uncomfortable relatability.
  8. Mar 13, 2012
    67
    Strange Land successfully adapts Yellow Ostrich's sound to match its members' considerable capabilities. Now Schaaf just has to adapt his songwriting.
  9. Uncut
    Apr 6, 2012
    60
    On "Wear Suits," the trio reveals it can pull off the measured uptown elegance of The Blue Nile, but otherwise, singer/guitarist Alex Schaff delights in scribbling over his songs, as his boyish vocals vacillate between preciousness and brattiness. [May 2012, p.84]
  10. Mar 21, 2012
    60
    There are hints of a potentially great band on Strange Land, just not enough to sustain a full length.
  11. As an album, it's ultimately too bogged down by its professionalism and erraticism to come together very well.
  12. Mar 21, 2012
    50
    Meshing his [Schaaf's] loop-rich bedroom pop with a live band sound yields uneven results: the thickly-layered, self-harmonizing vocal loops are one of the project's most compelling characteristics, and they're sometimes lost in the indie pop instrumental trappings that just aren't as distinctive. [Mar 2012, p.81]
  13. 50
    Yellow Ostrich teeters on the thin line between self-indulgent and meditative on Strange Land.
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  1. Mar 31, 2012
    6
    Minimalist indie rock drawing from folk and alternative, are the components from album by Yellow Ostrich - "Strange Land". An excellentMinimalist indie rock drawing from folk and alternative, are the components from album by Yellow Ostrich - "Strange Land". An excellent example of the style presented on the disc is the first track "Elephant King". Next, we have only small deviations from it, such as post-punk "The Shakedown", or lethargic, "I Got No Time For You". Full Review »