Strange Weekend - Porcelain Raft
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Feb 22, 2012
    70
    Porcelain Raft's airy concoctions work best when you're not thinking about them.
  2. All in all, it's a solid debut effort and one that never spares on electronic dramatics and an extensive array of far-ranging ideas.
  3. Feb 16, 2012
    70
    In many ways, this album feels more like a culmination than a debut, and Remiddi's vast and varied musical experience infuse his songs with a sense of confidence and craftsmanship that is often lacking in the work of his younger and less experienced peers.
  4. Feb 10, 2012
    78
    Remiddi is able to successfully channel trippy psychedelia of beyond.
  5. Feb 2, 2012
    70
    A perfectly pleasant contribution to the mysterious forces driving indie pop these days.
  6. Jan 30, 2012
    70
    Strange Weekend merits return visits, and it rewards close listening.
  7. Jan 30, 2012
    74
    Porcelain Raft borrows liberally from both the shoegaze and dream-pop playbooks, and so we get layers of sonic gauze shot through with delicately strummed acoustic guitar patterns and Remiddi's reedy, rather androgynous voice.
  8. 80
    The legacy of Remiddi's latest LP, Strange Weekend, is the eerily beautiful atmosphere it creates, just like the work of older artists such as Angelo Badalamenti, and more recent work by Ariel Pink, Perfume Genius, and John Maus, who invest a huge amount of emotion and cerebral conceit into their work, which pads out their music with shambolic, poetic insulation.
  9. Jan 26, 2012
    80
    Strange Weekend takes on the lofty task of musical multitasking and succeeds.
  10. Jan 25, 2012
    60
    There is nothing abrasive about Strange Weekend, nothing risky, nothing unique; there is instead just a shortage of "Wow!"
  11. Jan 25, 2012
    80
    Strange Weekend is a very impressive debut album, full of craft, emotion, and songs that you'll want to listen to again and again.
  12. 80
    Strange Weekend's gauzy dream-pop is almost incapable of provoking anything but love.
  13. Jan 24, 2012
    75
    Built on meticulously constructed and delicately polished dream-pop soundscapes, delivered with urgency and momentum.
  14. Remiddi has produced a truly excellent record which resonates emotionally and sonically.
  15. Jan 19, 2012
    70
    Sonically the songs are strong.
  16. Jan 19, 2012
    50
    These subtle, sublime moments are few and far between as the songs on Strange Weekend start to slope downward and into a blur of mediocrity.
  17. Jan 17, 2012
    70
    This is an impressive debut and a solid step toward a more realised identity.
  18. Jan 17, 2012
    70
    Most certainly a bedroom record affair and perhaps suffering for this fact but the overall sentiment captured make up for whatever shortcomings may be presented.
  19. Jan 17, 2012
    65
    [Remiddi's] fastidious mentality manages to keep this song suite afloat, even if the sails aren't always full of creative wind.
  20. Jan 31, 2012
    60
    Not yet a strength, lyrics probe the border between naive and trite. [Feb 2012, p.94]
  21. Jan 19, 2012
    80
    Underneath the shimmering haze of drum loops, tape hiss, and gently strummed guitars... [this] is ultimately a pop album - a flight of lo-fi fancy anchored by some very real(and very catchy) pop hooks.[#39, p.69]
  22. Jan 18, 2012
    40
    Opener Drifting In And Out, a shimmering piece of dream pop, is beautifully realised, but the other nine songs fail to live up to its promise. [Feb. 2012, p. 110]
  23. Jan 18, 2012
    80
    Strange Weekend drifts and delights. [Feb 2012, p.97]
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 2, 2012
    10
    I loved this album, the way they combine the guitar and the electronic beats is brilliant. This is a very good start for this act. "Backwords"I loved this album, the way they combine the guitar and the electronic beats is brilliant. This is a very good start for this act. "Backwords" will be easily one of the best songs of 2012. Full Review »
  2. Jan 30, 2012
    7
    This album is a good example of why having the once again trendy reverb drenched shoegaze sound doesn't always mean you are in for a bore ofThis album is a good example of why having the once again trendy reverb drenched shoegaze sound doesn't always mean you are in for a bore of an album. The songs are well-crafted and tuneful pop gems. Catchy on first listen and I'm sure they'll grow on me even more the second time around. Full Review »
  3. Jan 25, 2012
    8
    I recently had the pleasure of seeing Porcelain Raft support M83. 'Strange Weekend' is a stunning debut, fragile yet robust, with 'Shapeless &I recently had the pleasure of seeing Porcelain Raft support M83. 'Strange Weekend' is a stunning debut, fragile yet robust, with 'Shapeless & Gone', 'Unless You Speak From Your Heart' and 'The Way In' as stand out tracks. Hopefully a sign of even better things to come. At 35 minutes it is short, but dense. Full Review »