Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Nov 15, 2012
    80
    All nine of these slow-moving cuts are built on actual melodies, simple enough to stick right away, radiant enough to hang like this album's overtones, well after they are finished.
  2. Oct 29, 2012
    80
    Whether it be the quaint elegance and flowing, reverb heavy guitars of kaleidoscopic opener 'I'm Gone' or claustrophobic haze of album standout 'Heavenly Bodies', there's little here that disappoints.
  3. Oct 15, 2012
    80
    Fortunately, adding more shape to their songs doesn't pin down their sounds too much.
  4. Oct 30, 2012
    78
    This is a song cycle for those who like melancholy with a side of melodrama.
  5. Oct 16, 2012
    75
    Tender New Signs makes the listener work a little harder within Tamaryn's framework, but it rewards as much, if not more, than the walls of noise threatening to hem them in just a few years ago.
  6. While Tender New Signs may not point you in any dramatically different directions than their debut did, it certainly displays a growing maturity in both Tamaryn and Shelverton.
  7. 70
    Tamaryn stay in their comfort zone on Tender, while doing their best to make us leave ours.
  8. Oct 26, 2012
    70
    [The] second album painstakingly recreates the sounds and melodies of peak-era My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Joy Division with a slavish devotion that borders on the obsessive-compulsive. [Dec 2012, p.77]
  9. Oct 25, 2012
    70
    Tender New Signs does not manifest the insistent post-punk rhythms of the Led Astray Washed Ashore EP (2011), but it's not a huge departure from 2010 debut The Waves, though its sound is less chiming and more grinding (in a good way), the ethereality present only in vocals rather than in general suffusion, the darkness lingering at the edges palpable where before it was merely hinted at.
  10. Oct 15, 2012
    70
    Tender New Signs may be an exhausting listen but it is definitely a rewarding one.
  11. Oct 15, 2012
    70
    The only problem here is that the genre is taken to the extreme, and can blend together to the point where the album seems like one massive track.
  12. Apr 25, 2013
    67
    The San Francisco-based duo's second album together hews closely to the dream pop/shoegaze formula.
  13. Oct 17, 2012
    65
    Tamaryn is a nostalgic fan's daydream.
  14. Nov 21, 2012
    60
    Tender New Signs is full of cracking tunes that help avoid the formlessness that effects-laden atmo-pop often slumps into. [Dec 2012, p.113]
  15. Oct 15, 2012
    60
    Nothing wrong with clearly highlighting your influences, although you do run the risk of reminding listeners why said influences are better.
  16. Oct 15, 2012
    60
    On the whole, Tender Signs struggles to get beyond the level of an immersive period piece.
  17. 60
    It's cinematic, dramatic, and has vocals so indistinct that Tamaryn (the singer whose band this is) could just be coo-ing "turn up the smoke machine" over and over again.

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