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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: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 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 albumA 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
  2. Dec 16, 2014
    10
    Yes, they may be bringing several (sometimes too many) elements from the past, and they may sound a bit unoriginal at a first glance, but takeYes, they may be bringing several (sometimes too many) elements from the past, and they may sound a bit unoriginal at a first glance, but take the time to listen to this album another time and you will find a rather mesmerising and outstanding record that can easily be compared to Lonerism by Tame Impala (both sounding very influenced and yet modern). And while waiting for the next step this band will follow, all we have to do is to be thankful for bands like Temples that bring back in such a professional way one of the most beautiful genres of all times: psychedelia. Expand
  3. 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'. ScratchesTook 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
  4. Nov 17, 2014
    10
    This is definitely the best psychedelic album I've heard this year. 'Move With The Season' was stuck in my head for two weeks! I'll certainlyThis is definitely the best psychedelic album I've heard this year. 'Move With The Season' was stuck in my head for two weeks! I'll certainly keep an eye on what this band will compose next :) Expand
  5. Oct 22, 2014
    8
    Nice tunes ! Back to psychedelic years with a mix of warm stuff. My favourite one is Mesmerize :)

    My only fear is next album (if there is
    Nice tunes ! Back to psychedelic years with a mix of warm stuff. My favourite one is Mesmerize :)

    My only fear is next album (if there is one) looks like too much to this one.
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  6. 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 anyThe 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