Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Mar 7, 2013
    100
    Stornoway make unconvincing space rockers--but that's the only caveat about a triumphantly expansive album.
  2. [Tales from Terra Firm] ought to be the one that separates the Oxford quartet from the indie-folk bandwagon and kicks them a few steps up the ladder to being Mumfords-sized.
  3. Mar 11, 2013
    80
    It's an ambitious step forward for the band (who hail from Oxford, not the Outer Hebrides) and, though only 44 minutes long, it feels like a bit of an epic.
  4. Mar 7, 2013
    80
    A substantial and richly evocative work. [Apr 2013, p.89]
  5. Mar 7, 2013
    80
    Stornoway have boldly struck out and in doing so have navigated the often choppy waters of the second album with panache.
  6. Mar 19, 2013
    70
    A collection of songs that are both ardent and humble.
  7. 70
    It’s still occasionally a bit too ‘nice’ for its own good, but in a cynical world, sometimes a little hope and buoyancy doesn’t go amiss.
  8. Mar 8, 2013
    70
    Tales From Terra Firma offers a richer, fuller sound than the debut album and some tracks are tinged with an ever-so-gentle coating of sobriety and growing maturity but the important components of melody and subtlety are relatively unchanged.
  9. Mar 7, 2013
    70
    Awash in plump brass, grainy mandolin and fuzzy warm electric piano, this solid second edges deeper into Fleet Foxes territory. [Apr 2013, p.78]
  10. Mar 12, 2013
    60
    There are eager minds at work here. [Apr 2013, p.110]
  11. Mar 7, 2013
    60
    For all its many laudable attributes, Tales from Terra Firma proves ultimately frustrating: a skilled, capable and talented band still unaware of how best to channel and control their creative energies.
  12. Apr 16, 2013
    55
    Tales From Terra Firma takes them to a more generic realm of sing-along indie rock, which is too bad. [No. 97, p.59]
  13. Apr 3, 2013
    49
    On their second album, Tales from Terra Firma, they continue to be almost crushingly dull, making well-appointed and cheerfully empty music that successfully communicates next to nothing.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 2, 2013
    9
    This is a great album. I really love how Stornaway are progressing. I enjoyed their first album and Tales From Terra Firma is a definite step up. You won't be disappointed if you buy this album Full Review »