The Bloom and the Blight

  • Record Label: ATO
  • Release Date: Sep 4, 2012
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Uncut
    Sep 28, 2012
    80
    The sense throughout is of awesome power, as effective simmering as it is unleashed. [Nov 2012, p.85]
  4. Q Magazine
    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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Alternative Press
    Sep 4, 2012
    80
    The Bloom and the Blight is the pair's most concise and best work to date. [Oct 2012, p.92]
  9. Magnet
    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]
  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 5, 2012
    66
    Two Gallants stand out from a sea of folksy mopesters thanks to their aggressive turns.
  12. Oct 8, 2012
    80
    It's one of those albums you could listen to again and again.
  13. Dec 6, 2012
    80
    This is a collection of songs that sparkles in its own excellence.
  14. 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.

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