Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Masterfully crafted torch songs, coated with a thin layer of orchestral gloss and trip-hop beats that stand out as unique. [May 2001, p.64]
  2. 80
    Few bands exceed Alpha in the creation of truly encompassing and sensual chill-out tunes, and while The Impossible Thrill fails to really explore new territory, it's revisiting familiar and hallowed ground.
  3. The Impossible Thrill underscores Alpha's knack for lush, floating textures whose less beat-oriented groove emphasizes the "trip" component of so-called trip-hop.
  4. Woozy, trance-like, and sublime...
  5. By bombarding the listener with innocuousness, Alpha forge a test to determine exactly when the pedestrian becomes excruciating. By the third track, they more or less have their answer.
  6. The low points are easier to spot than the highs, which tend to peak at a low elevation.
  7. The LP comes off like a gently melodious but ultimately odorless fart. That is to say, it's practically invisible and it's easy to forget about once the moment has, ahem, passed.
User Score
tbd

No user score yet- Awaiting 1 more rating

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. m.e.
    Sep 24, 2006
    10
    Original themes developed familiarly; original volcals -male/female- develop, lead and follow melodies; sometimes joyous, sometimes romantic, Original themes developed familiarly; original volcals -male/female- develop, lead and follow melodies; sometimes joyous, sometimes romantic, sometimes instrumental. "Simple Things" meets and exceeds my ecccentric longings. A very, very rare TEN. Full Review »
  2. yaleeyyalee
    Mar 30, 2006
    8
    rainy day music, floaty with many hidden bitterness dressed in nonchalant. chilled, indeed.
  3. BenjaminBunny
    Mar 26, 2004
    4
    Yawn!