Strange Weekend

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Jan 17, 2012
    70
    This is an impressive debut and a solid step toward a more realised identity.
  4. Remiddi has produced a truly excellent record which resonates emotionally and sonically.
  5. 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.
  6. Jan 26, 2012
    80
    Strange Weekend takes on the lofty task of musical multitasking and succeeds.
  7. 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.
  8. Jan 19, 2012
    70
    Sonically the songs are strong.
  9. Feb 22, 2012
    70
    Porcelain Raft's airy concoctions work best when you're not thinking about them.
  10. Feb 10, 2012
    78
    Remiddi is able to successfully channel trippy psychedelia of beyond.
  11. Jan 30, 2012
    70
    Strange Weekend merits return visits, and it rewards close listening.
  12. 80
    Strange Weekend's gauzy dream-pop is almost incapable of provoking anything but love.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Feb 2, 2012
    70
    A perfectly pleasant contribution to the mysterious forces driving indie pop these days.
  17. Jan 24, 2012
    75
    Built on meticulously constructed and delicately polished dream-pop soundscapes, delivered with urgency and momentum.
  18. Uncut
    Jan 18, 2012
    80
    Strange Weekend drifts and delights. [Feb 2012, p.97]
  19. Under The Radar
    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]
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 »