Telekinesis! - Telekinesis
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Though the record could use a few more high points, there are enough hooky songs and exciting performances to make it very promising.
  2. If you’re the sort of person who focuses on the fact that this album doesn’t exactly bring a lot of revolutionary stuff to the table, that Lerner’s lyrics are a little clichéd at their worst, that it’s a little too easy to slap Telekinesis! with the increasingly bland “indie rock” tag instead of focusing on the fact you’re listening to a collection of sincere, intelligently constructed, often beautiful songs, then you probably shouldn’t be bothering with this whole pop music thing in the first place.
  3. There is nothing original or novel about Telekinesis' music, but somewhat counterintuitively, its by-the-books professionalism is what makes it so effective.
  4. 40
    Lerner's voice--pale and uninteresting, rather than poinant--allow his songs to sag. [Sep 2009, p.96]
  5. His debut, produced by fellow Seattleite Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie, projects an offhanded air, yet each song is precisely put together, and the whole thing speeds by in just over half an hour.
  6. His debut, produced by fellow Seattleite Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie, projects an offhanded air, yet each song is precisely put together, and the whole thing speeds by in just over half an hour.
  7. Simply put: an album stuffed with great, joyful songs.
  8. 80
    On this debut, Lerner's gorgeous vocals, sunny melodies, and ultra-catchy choruses sound like a Fab Four fantasy trip as he logs extensive mileage in a rush of crisscrossing travelogue songs.
  9. The album brims with quick 'from the gut' compositions that have been uncomplicatedly produced using simple instrumentation.
  10. As enjoyable as it can be, Telekinesis! is only good enough to make you wish it were better.
  11. This album, with all its unmoored, frenetic energy, is a fantastic pop album, even if it doesn't posit anything new.
  12. Lerner’s honesty lasts forty-three minutes, and supplies the predictable yet scrumptious party-time melodies that chase away clouds like a sidekick.
  13. In its entirety the album is a great debut, toe-tapping and catchy with just the right blend of familiarity and individuality, and it should send a message to new bands: Simplicity is key.
  14. For a band that drafts so closely behind Death Cab for Cutie, Telekinesis' brilliant career launch of having Chris Walla produce its debut LP doesn't do much to distinguish the band from its idols.
User Score
tbd

No user score yet- Awaiting 1 more rating

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Sep 11, 2010
    0
    Horrible! I saw them last night at a show in DC and they were absolutely awful. The only talent I can detect is in their high maintenance coiffures as they bob their heads very enthusiastically to every one of their songs, sometimes in unison, so that's a skill. I just kept thinking the only time I should have to hear music like this is if I'm watching a bad teen movie, there's a prom scene, and this band comes on making you remember how individuality, talent and creativity aren't qualities esteemed very highly in highschool and thank God that's over with. I can't believe the guitarist from Death Cab had anything to do with this frat boy monstrosity. Full Review »