Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 19, 2012
    80
    It is an unapologetically gorgeous piece of work and one that is better appreciated without considering the confines of its genre or how the chillwave brand has become passé in most circles.
  2. 75
    The Inner Mansions is much more interesting than your typical bedroom pop album.
  3. Nov 7, 2012
    70
    It's not uncommon for artists to lose a little of their music's heart when they upgrade their sonics, but The Inner Mansions is equally emotional and polished, and some of Teen Daze's finest work.
  4. Nov 8, 2012
    68
    The Inner Mansions succeeds when Jamison forgoes the idea of connection and works on a higher plane of thought and structure.
  5. 60
    It's another sound defense of the gradually fading chillwave movement, but as far as offering anything new to it, Mansions mostly treads the beaten path.
  6. Nov 7, 2012
    50
    A whole album of this sort of thing, however, feels like sprinkling white sugar on a supermarket layer cake--it's excessively appealing to only one sense and though it's quite filling it doesn't manage to be nourishing.
  7. Nov 7, 2012
    50
    Watered down and indistinct, The Inner Mansions falls into the same trap as Toro y Moi's Underneath the Pine and many other chillwave releases: Namely, that it's essentially a too-familiar collage of Holga-kissed sentimentality, running through its nostalgic musical cues like a mindless carousel slide projector.

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