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  • Summary: On their third full-length, the Icelandic band Mum continues to blend pastoral electronica with the distinctive vocals (think The Cranes as a comparison) of Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    Particularly striking is the group's ability to mix vast instrumental soundscapes with subtle electronic manipulations, creating a synthesis of analog and digital elements that is visionary in its sonic impact.
  2. For fans of Sigur Ros and Mogwai, this is a godsend, but those who feel like those bands just incessantly mine one-chord riffs would do better to stay away. [May 2004, p.96]
  3. This is not for all tastes. Slow, broody, experimental.
  4. 70
    Yes, there are the makings of an ambient symphony... but the more prominent strains of folk instrumentation--accordions, banjos and glockenspiels--suggest to us that maybe it's not all gloom and glum. [#10, p.91]
  5. Does Summer Make Good maintain the peak established by its predecessors? In a word: no. But that doesn’t mean it’s not good, because it is; it’s just not quite as magical as the others.
  6. Its quietness and moodiness make Summer Make Good Múm's most demanding album, but also, fortunately, a rewarding one too.
  7. It's no departure from any of the band's previous combinations of shuffling beats, spacey blips, dramatic strings and squeaking, soughed vocals; such a delivery of old comforts is precisely what makes the album so dull.

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  1. Mr.White
    Jul 6, 2009
    This is one of my all-time favorite albums, and my favorite album of mum.
  2. carlos
    Dec 5, 2005
    The first few times i listened to summer make good i didn't think it was as good as finally we are no one, but after a few more listens i've grown to like it just as much. Mum once again creates a record of beautiful soundscapes. I don't get how so many music critics love the new sigur ros but didn't like this. Expand
  3. BenjaminBunny
    Sep 8, 2004
    Otherworldly, cinematic and haunting--imagine Godspeed going pop.
  4. ChrisL
    Feb 13, 2005
    Not as good as their other albums.
  5. Damianh
    Oct 7, 2006
    not as conventional as 'finally we are no one' however if being dis illusioned by some far away place you left behind in your childhood is bearable then its worth the buy Expand