The Flower Lane

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Jan 29, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
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  1. Jan 31, 2013
    New wave, soul and house beats make this his most genre-bending album yet.
  2. Jan 29, 2013
    The record feels akin to 40 minutes of stoned stargazing in a college dorm room. And the kid down the hall has yet to add substance to the conversation.
  3. Jan 29, 2013
    If you've got a unquenchable thirst for reverb-y guitar pop, The Flower Lane is a pleasant album worth a listen, but those looking for something more should probably look elsewhere.
  4. Jan 24, 2013
    The divide in styles is the problem: two is enough to prevent a clear personality shining through, but not enough to give it a sense of adventure.
  5. Jan 17, 2013
    All designs are firmly fixed on a glorious technicolour gem, but it's fair to say results are mixed.
  6. Feb 4, 2013
    It just lacks in a hallmark of all prior Ducktails releases: imagination.
  7. It sounds like he's trying to sound less weird, when he doesn't seem to understand that this very weirdness is part of what made him so endearing as a solo artist in the first place.
  8. 50
    Its songwriting, production, and delivery harbor no risks, and therefore the album safely passes by its listeners without leaving anything but a want for something a little more lively.
  9. Feb 1, 2013
    The Flower Lane is far from a failed endeavour, but something special has been lost in the graduation from bedroom to studio.
  10. Feb 1, 2013
    The album's shiny surfaces and tight musicianship subtly whisper "don't touch", preventing any serious emotional connection with the music.
  11. 50
    From there on in, though, it's ploddingly lightweight.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 29, 2013
    A great, surprising album. I've listened to Ducktails in the past and have always been pleased with the songs that Matt from Real Estate couldA great, surprising album. I've listened to Ducktails in the past and have always been pleased with the songs that Matt from Real Estate could crank out. This album however is completely different than any other album that he has released in the past. Mondale proves his skills as a song craft as he uses all of the guest spots on here perfectly. This album has a few gems on here like "Under Cover" and "Assistant Director" while tracks like "Ivy Covered House", "Letter of Intent" and "The Flower Lane" are also stand outs. Seriously though, almost every track on here can stand alone by itself. I'm really impressed by this album. I recommend this album to Real Estate and non-Real Estate fans alike. Full Review »