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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the psych rock-inspired British quartet led by James Bagshaw and Tom Warmsley.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Feb 12, 2014
    90
    It’s the sound of ‘60s experimentation smashed stunningly into the present day.
  2. Feb 10, 2014
    80
    Sun Structures is an impressive debut that would be legendary now if it had been released in 1967; in 2014 it's merely the best psych pop around.
  3. Feb 12, 2014
    80
    Temples may not be about to win any awards for Most Groundbreaking Sound, but they channel their influences so skillfully, and have such a good ear for a melody, that it's almost impossible not to fall for them. A supremely confident and delightful debut.
  4. Temples are a promising band that definitely has a great record--or perhaps several--in them, but this one isn’t quite it. It certainly does make for a colorful and fun listen though, so just unplug and enjoy the ride.
  5. Mar 12, 2014
    60
    Temples aren’t reinventing anything here so much as adding a distinctly British twist to well-trodden ground.
  6. Feb 11, 2014
    60
    At every turn there are moves unarguably adjacent to Revolver, The Zombies, early Byrds, and, in the title track strident harmonies, The Mamas & The Papas.... The tunes throughout, though, are original, and infectious. [Mar 2014, p.94]
  7. Feb 12, 2014
    50
    Sun Structures is a record made with flair and skill by a band who know exactly what they’re doing--and that’s the problem. Temples are trying so hard to be something else that we lose track of who they actually are.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  1. Jul 27, 2014
    10
    Took a bit to warm to this one, but now listening to it a lot. There isn't a track I dislike, but favorite is 'Keep In The Dark'. Scratches the same itch as Tame Impala and MGMT's later music. Expand
  2. May 20, 2014
    10
    A great record for a new band! Love all the tracks. Colours to Life, Move with the Season are splendid tracks, I love the way the album closes... A perfect little piece of music titled "Fragment's Light". One of the best 2014 albums for sure, if not the best! Expand
  3. Apr 23, 2014
    5
    The Temples show some pretty good appreciation and a attempt at psychedelic Rock and Pop here, but the band really fails to deliver any interesting instrumentation, performances or ideas. I'd recommend sticking with Tame Impala for your psychedelia fix. Middle of the road overall. Expand