The Errant Charm

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Jun 14, 2011
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Veering from their signature alt-folk ditties chronicling the immediacy of transference and love, The Errant Charm presents a dense rendering of that blissful numbness promised by a life of aloof detachment.
  2. Jun 14, 2011
    83
    The result is the band's balmiest, most relaxed outing to date, with enough down-tempo hooks to score a whole summer's worth of beach trips and barbecues.
  3. Jun 30, 2011
    80
    Treading territory similar to Wilco's and working with producer Thom Monahan, they layer drum machine, vintage keyboard, organs and strings atop acoustic folk-rock textures and Cabic's soothing vocals.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jun 21, 2011
    80
    Gorgeous, sun-dappled sounds from San Francisco. [July 2011, p. 121]
  5. Jun 17, 2011
    80
    The ideal album to soundtrack wistful contemplation on balmy summer days.
  6. Jun 14, 2011
    80
    This album works both as music that can take you over and take you up on a cloud of pop, and as mood-enhancing tunes that can fill up the empty room with happy ambience. Either way, it's an enjoyable, sometimes beautiful, album, one that Vetiver have been working toward since they began.
  7. 80
    The Errant Charm is, on the whole, immensely successful – a venture outside of a comfort zone, a triumph for an artist who has consistently put out quality music only to be instantly likened and compared to a list of formidable influences, and an excellent soundtrack to hazy summer days and introspection.
  8. Jun 29, 2011
    70
    Cabic's vocals, always low-key, are nearly ambient here, letting you take what you need and leave the rest.
  9. Jun 15, 2011
    70
    The danger with The Errant Charm is pretty much the same as any other Vetiver album -- so many mid-tempo, strummy songs can create a sluggish effect.
  10. Jun 15, 2011
    70
    Vetiver blends acoustic and electric instruments together so that one never knows where one sound begins and when another joins in or takes over. This is enhanced by Cabic and long time band co-producer Thom Monahan's magic in the studio.
  11. 70
    Vetiver's latest record, The Errant Charm, is certainly more folk than freak.
  12. Jun 10, 2011
    70
    The Errant Charm is by no means a bad album, but it's not great either; it's just nice in a way that is too easy to ignore for its own good.
  13. Jun 10, 2011
    70
    The Errant Charm is marked by subtle beats and expansive drones that underpin most of the tracks and add an interesting new dimension to the band's sound.
  14. Jun 15, 2011
    64
    The Errant Charm doesn't entirely succeed in that regard, but it remains a pleasant listen, perhaps just a bit too subliminally so for its own good.
  15. Mojo
    Jun 21, 2011
    60
    The Errant Charm lacks the edge needed to be more than a counter-cultural accessory. [July 2011, p. 102]
  16. Uncut
    Jun 17, 2011
    60
    Your cider-drinking soundtrack for this summer is here. [Jul 2011, p.100]
  17. Jun 14, 2011
    60
    Cabic and Monaghan deliver an album of relaxed, low-definition loveliness, and it's hard to begrudge them that.
  18. Jun 13, 2011
    60
    Vetiver weren't particularly freakish purveyors of freak folk to begin with, but in becoming so deliberately inoffensive, The Errant Charm makes them sound more like a Shins cover band than an act with its own distinct identity.
  19. 40
    Unlike previous Vetiver albums, for The Errant Charm, songwriter Andy Cabic entered the studio with vague ideas rather than finished songs, and it shows.
  20. Under The Radar
    Jun 9, 2011
    40
    As a whole, The Errant Charm feels back-loaded and unsettled. [May 2011, p. 82]

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