User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 46
  2. Negative: 3 out of 46

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  1. brucea
    Feb 24, 2007
    5
    BOOOORING! This is a great album to take you through a mushroom trip, but not something for your car's CD player. The plodding tunes are richly crafted but have no hooks.
  2. AlexJ
    Mar 5, 2007
    4
    I was expecting something more than just another collection of jagged and mismatched musical ideas stiched together. Its progressive tag is up to some debate, but its really nothing new when placed alongside many of their fellow counterparts.
  3. GreckoX
    Sep 21, 2007
    4
    Ummm... don't listen to this while driving... a soppy, droning experience - not at all what was expected from the reviews.
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Sift through Are the Dark Horse and the sounds of the Beach Boys or Orbison can certainly be found, but the band has yet to learn the clean, economical songwriting of their influences.
  2. That music so majestically restrained in pace can make your heart beat so quickly is a testament to The Besnard Lakes’ focus and ability to coat each millisecond of track time with an utterly captivating sound without ever becoming clogged up with their myriad ideas.
  3. Too big in their influences and scope to fit in even the biggest pigeonhole imaginable, The Besnard Lakes thankfully produce music chock-full of tunes and spine-tingly loveliness not seen since The Beach Boys or more recently the sheer joy and ridiculous grandeur of The Polyphonic Spree.