Sundark and Riverlight


Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Feb 13, 2013
    Sundark and Riverlight is an enchanting and heartfelt experience from beginning to end.
  2. Jan 3, 2013
    Like other such endeavors-acoustic re-imaginings, that is-the results aren't that poor. They're just boring.
  3. Magnet
    Dec 4, 2012
    When the melodies are too thin to support their own emotional weight, all the string quartets in the world can't rescue them, and I find myself missing that old pulsing bass, those swirling drums and the sheer fabulousness that made the original versions so liberating. [No. 93, p.61]
  4. Nov 7, 2012
    He's an artist who thrives on crashing ambitions, and has undertaken his most over the top project to date with Sundark and Riverlight.
  5. Uncut
    Oct 26, 2012
    Stripped of the usual bells and whistles, and backed by unplugged instruments, it's left to his voice to do the work and, given the length of the thing, it soon starts to grate. [Dec 2012, p.79]
  6. Mojo
    Oct 22, 2012
    As an experiment in revisionism, the results are mixed. [Nov 2012, p.85]
  7. 50
    He's re-released a handful of already beloved songs in a version that rarely match their initial power.
  8. Oct 18, 2012
    He's an outsider and the best thing about this marvellous compilation, however lush the sound and however catchy the melodies, is that it does absolutely nothing to change that.
  9. Oct 16, 2012
    The album neither works on its own merits nor captures what's made Wolf one of today's most compelling musical talents. Sundark and Riverlight takes one of the most captivating, progressive catalogues in contemporary pop and makes it sound like a Picnic with the Pops concert.
  10. 60
    A sharper edit and this would have made a great EP.
  11. Oct 15, 2012
    In drawing together all his disparate styles in to one distinct context, [Wolf] might have created his most accomplished album yet: albeit one that is a little too long, and rather in love with itself.
  12. Oct 15, 2012
    Sundark and Riverlight is thankfully more chamber pop than chamber pot. It's an elegant collection, but an acquired taste.
  13. Oct 12, 2012
    One day the mainstream is going to claim him and he'll lose a little something, but for now he's still the prince of the misfits and the martyrs, the waifs and the strays, Sundark and Riverlight is him at his distilled best, tears in his eyes, glitter on his cheeks, tragic, magnificent, ours.
  14. Oct 12, 2012
    The album excels, featuring some of the artist's finest work, despite being mostly retreaded material. Do not let this be a deterrent, though, for there is something here for the devoted members of his "Wolf Pack" as well as his fiercest detractors.
  15. Oct 11, 2012
    Sundark and Riverlight is like the thumbnail version: everything compressed, details lost.
  16. Oct 11, 2012
    It's hard to shake the feeling, though, that it's all a bit self-indulgent. These rewrites, though confident, are as much a curiosity as anything else, more an exercise in shape and form than an improvement.
  17. Oct 11, 2012
    When it works – as on the heartbreaking 'Together' and a barrelling 'The Magic Position' – it highlights his gifts as a songwriter, but on the dreary 'Bitten' and a seemingly endless 'Vulture' it makes you long for something simpler to mark his brilliance.

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