Such Fun - Annuals

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Genre flirtations aside, this is one of the better pop albums of the year. [Fall 2008, p.74]
  2. The band's sunny and melodic exuberance ensures that Such Fun is, above all else, a lot of fun.
  3. This North Carolina-based sextet's major-label debut is as rich and diverse as 2006's "Be He Me," unfolding with layers of piano and string flourishes, crunching guitar jams and vibrant pop melodies.
  4. On Such Fun, Annuals--led by songwriter Adam Baker--employed sensitive elements of country and western (see: “Down the Mountain”), balladry (“Springtime”) and chamber music (“Blue Ridge”), but nearly all resulted in full-spectrum climaxes, with many instruments employed dramatically.
  5. While it has several nice moments of sprawling countryfolk fervor, a more accurate title for Such Fun might have been Not Bad.
  6. Such Fun continues Annuals' knack for taking the hollow sounds of The Cure and The Walkmen and filling it in with cheery exuberance.
  7. Such Fun might fill that space over the fireplace, but it doesn't really pull the room together.
  8. 70
    Their bright Americana ditties have a newly retro, country-fried twist that suits them just swell. [Nov 2008, p.88]
  9. The band retains an experimental edge, but it’s all-too-often now embodied in clinical genre-hopping, meaning that for all its ostensible claims, Such Fun just isn’t as fun as it should be.
  10. 'Always Do' is the pinnacle of this record's minimal momentum; it's a leisurely stroll past the mediocrity of te album's second half (with the exception of the bluesy cadence 'Hair Don't Grow'). [Nov 2008, p.151]
  11. Such Fun is the type of record Annuals were always going to make: a slick opus, epic both in sound and messiness, that just never comes together.

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