The Moonlight Butterfly - The Sea and Cake
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  • Summary: The indie pop band experiments with sound structures and textures on its ninth album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jun 6, 2011
    84
    Good music transcends throughout time, and The Sea and Cake is one of few that do it right.
  2. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    Brains and beauty come from the Chicagoan cult-rockers. [July 2011, p. 119]
  3. Nov 3, 2011
    80
    [It] offers the comfortable familiarity of an old flannel shirt from the 90s but leaves you wondering if time has stood still for the Chicago post-rock quartet. It has not, as is apparent on the five follow-up songs.
  4. May 16, 2011
    70
    Per the majority of The Sea and Cake catalog, Butterfly is roundly solid: not great, but very good, with frequent moments of luminosity.
  5. May 27, 2011
    70
    The Sea and Cake are just doing what they do, for a graceful 33 1/3 minutes, leaving fans wanting more of the same. [May 2011, p.81]
  6. May 16, 2011
    70
    You may drift through recent Sea and Cake records more than you engage with them, but you still tend to want to drift for longer than a half-hour. Nevertheless it suggests the band is still master of the niche it's carved, and not out of new ideas just yet.
  7. 60
    This album goes past relaxation, past tranquility, into a place that leaves me numb.

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  1. Dec 26, 2011
    9
    I have been a Sea and Cake fan since 2000, and I have seen them perform live several times. I enjoyed Everybody, and Car Alarm had some wondrous moments, but on the whole, I wasn't sure I would love another album of theirs. Though this album is only 30 minutes long, it offers one beautiful song, "Lyric," and each of the six songs offers something unique. I'm glad I haven't given up on this band. Expand