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Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Dec 6, 2012
    80
    This is a collection of songs that sparkles in its own excellence.
  2. Oct 22, 2012
    80
    Everything is invigorated by both the quality of songwriting and singer Adam Stephen's wrenching trouble-he's-seen vocals. [Nov 2012, p.108]
  3. Oct 8, 2012
    80
    It's one of those albums you could listen to again and again.
  4. Sep 28, 2012
    80
    The sense throughout is of awesome power, as effective simmering as it is unleashed. [Nov 2012, p.85]
  5. 80
    The Bloom and the Blight is the pair's most concise and best work to date. [Oct 2012, p.92]
  6. Sep 4, 2012
    80
    The Bloom and the Blight sounds massive enough that Two Gallants could conceivably follow fellow power duo the Black Keys into the big time, but emotionally, this music is as intimate as ever, and all the more powerful for it.
  7. Oct 4, 2012
    75
    The songs [on The Bloom and the Blight] have a folk/blues foundation, but they're delivered with a grungy punk energy. [No.91 p.60]
  8. 70
    Not only have Two Gallants returned refreshed and revitalized, but they push the boundaries on their groove, marrying subtle shadings and pounding intensity into a terrific set that will excite existing followers and should find plenty of new ones.
  9. Oct 5, 2012
    70
    While The Bloom and the Blight may have fallen short in some respects, in others its style blossoms. Two Gallants have matured their sound, and clearly so.
  10. Sep 28, 2012
    70
    The Bloom and the Blight builds on the band's strengths and successfully maintains their idiosyncrasies, offering persuasive evidence that they are more than ready to step up a level themselves.
  11. Sep 14, 2012
    70
    This is the group at their most adventurous, expanding their musical horizons and going off script at times in order to keep things from getting redundant.
  12. 70
    Despite (or maybe because of) the lack of clutter, this is an album at least on par with any of the Gallants' prior output.
  13. Sep 4, 2012
    67
    The good news is Two Gallants' five-year lapse hasn't changed the band much. The bad news is that maybe it should have.
  14. Sep 5, 2012
    66
    Two Gallants stand out from a sea of folksy mopesters thanks to their aggressive turns.
  15. Oct 16, 2012
    60
    The commitment to developing their sound into urgent and strident rock is commendable yet the execution leaves you cold at times.
  16. Sep 14, 2012
    60
    As much as Stephens desires for a naturalist/humanist authenticity found in the limits of the extremes of existence, The Bloom and the Blight achieves an equal subjectivity that Stephens searches for.
  17. Sep 4, 2012
    60
    A solid document of the power of simplicity, resolutely joyous and straight from the heart. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.115]
  18. Sep 4, 2012
    60
    For better or for worse, Stephens and Tyson Vogel have thrown in their lot with that angst, and thematically, The Bloom and the Blight is less of the departure it hopes to be.
  19. Sep 4, 2012
    55
    Despite the drama in the music, there's no sense of real people in these songs, not as artists in the here and now and not as subjects in the there and then.
  20. Oct 22, 2012
    40
    The increasingly frequent transitions between the finger picking subtlety of old to such newfound rockage are, however, simply too jarring for satisfactory listening. [Nov 2012, p.84]

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