The Constant Pageant - Trembling Bells
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jun 13, 2011
    90
    If it was possible to see the debut Carbeth as a local gem of modest proportions, it's hard to receive The Constant Pageant as anything other than a finished masterpiece, with four or five songs that have longevity written in and the rest of them as musically sharp as they're lyrically alert. [May 2011, p.56]
  2. Apr 15, 2011
    90
    It is a gift indeed that Trembling Bells can summon such realizations, tinged though they may be with melancholy. More importantly, the mixture of styles and traditions that each member brings to this project marks the collective as different, complex, and constantly intriguing.
  3. Apr 13, 2011
    80
    This is an album of strong songs and strong vocals; Lavinia Blackwall is soaring, operatic and bravely full-tilt.
  4. Apr 13, 2011
    70
    The Constant Pageant--particularly its first half--does indeed rock, and not just by the standards of folk music.
  5. Apr 13, 2011
    70
    Sometimes, here and there, you want a better take of a vocal. You might want the solos to be a bit more worked out and the drums to sound bigger. You might want a producer pushing the band around a bit.
  6. Apr 13, 2011
    60
    The band must from time to time stray from their stomping ground of doomed sailors and pining maidens, but one hopes the band will not steer too close to plain old indie rock. [May 2011, p.96]

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