The Rhumb Line

  • Record Label: Barsuk
  • Release Date: Aug 19, 2008
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Rhumb Line gives the impression that mostly good things are ahead.
  2. While the first five songs on The Rhumb Line are uniformly strong, the album starts to lose its momentum just after cresting the halfway point.
  3. Q Magazine
    60
    This effervescent debut seems determined to shake off the tragedy. [Oct 2008, p.150]
  4. Uncut
    60
    Their combination of new wave rhythms, with such conspicuous use if strings is impressive, but it falls a little short of grandeur. [Oct 2008, p.105]
  5. Under The Radar
    60
    The Rhumb Line is a step in the right direction but still a few feet away from the type of anthemic songs I believe they have in them. [Fall 2008, p.84]
  6. Mildness and friendliness help things flow along so nicely, in fact, that The Rhumb Line softens the impact of generally nuanced and energetic songwriting.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. AndrewN.
    Aug 20, 2008
    9
    Easily one of the year's best, though i think the music critics don't know quite what to do with it. production is excellent.