Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. The Blue Depths is an album first and foremost and is assembled as one. Therefore, it should be listened to that way; because the aura it creates around the listener--particularly through headphones--is nothing short of spectacular.
  2. Tapscott's specific words can get muffled, but more often than not that only helps to add a welcome sense of mystery to The Blue Depths, as for the first time it seems Odawas know precisely where they want to go and how they plan to get there.
  3. It’s simply constructed, confidently attempted and ultimately, radiantly accomplished. And much like that couple [on the album back cover], the album’s missteps are present but there is enough good to prove this is a solid effort.
  4. The Blue Depths can be a mesmerizing album to listen to. Tapscott's voice creaks with emotion, haunting these songs with a vital humanity that keeps their cold feel from being mechanical.
  5. Under The Radar
    70
    Odawas' third album for Jagjaguwar is an expansive, balmy album of soft synthesizers and shimmering guitars shot through. [Spring 2009, p.73]
  6. There is nothing catchy or immediately attention-grabbing on The Blue Depths. Instead, each song reaches out in ethereal wisps, slowly wrapping the listener in its slothful cocoon.
  7. My point is that topping already listless, dreamy tunes with even more listless production can make it difficult to perceive any dynamics across the whole album. Odawas do make inroads towards changing it up, but it’s hard to hear anything but the relentlessly slow pace and saccharine production.
  8. This is an album less about immediacy and more about subtlety. It’s not rocking in any traditional sense, but it reveals itself gradually, building in complexity with each turn.

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