Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 93
    Enigmatically beautiful, yet stinging with bitter cold. [#10, p.90]
  2. 90
    The Veils debut is a colossal - yet strangely intimate - record.
  3. Where Starsailor failed at morphing Britpop with orchestral flair, the Veils soar. [Aug 2004, p.118]
  4. Eyebrow-raising in print, they sound gripping here because of Andrews' glorious dagger-through-honey vocals, which combine with occasional strings and his band's raw passion to produce a corking debut.
  5. 'The Runaway Found' may have sounded great in 1996, but it also sounds great now, and by our reckoning it always will.
  6. What elevates The Veils above pleasant distraction... is [Andrews'] extraordinary, chameleon-like voice. [Mar 2004, p.113]
  7. An arrestingly epic and assured debut. [Amazon UK review]
  8. 80
    Intoxicating. [Mar 2004, p.87]
  9. Despite its maturity, melodic strength, and direct connection to what came before, Runaway Found can't fully distance itself from the suspicion that it might just be "eh" in the long run.
  10. If you like your heart soaked in red wine, and your records to sigh and sway, come hither.
  11. The Runaway Found is an incredibly focused first album, giving evidence of how serious the Veils are about composing a stylish, quality sound.
  12. The Runaway Found is to be filed alongside Coldplay, Starsailor and Snow Patrol.
  13. Falls between Starsailor, Travis, Elbow, Alfie, etc, always raising the question: who are The Veils?
  14. 60
    There's a fine line between sounding passionate and overwrought, but [The Veils] find themselves on the proper side of that smudgy barrier--just. [Aug 2004, p.142]
  15. They’re a perfect opening band: professional and sufficiently appealing on a sonic level without risking upstaging the headliner with any distinct personality or emotional resonance.
  16. 40
    All pomp and bluster, like Coldplay at their most bombastic. [Mar 2004, p.108]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. nt.TanvilaiPong
    Jun 18, 2006
    9
    I love this album It sounds like nothing I've heard for many years.
  2. AnthonyS
    Oct 26, 2005
    10
    In a music world where magazines will print the best ratings for the hottest acts, based solely on the fact that it will sell more copies, it In a music world where magazines will print the best ratings for the hottest acts, based solely on the fact that it will sell more copies, it feels astounding to know that The Veils will be the best kept secret for true music lover everywhere. With all of these references to Starsailor and Coldplay, I think an enigmatic band such as The Veils should be compared more to bands who have truly opend new ground for other acts. Take Afghan Wigs, The Philharmonic Orchestra and throw in a dash of The Velvet Underground...Ladies and Gentlemen...I give you The Veils. Full Review »
  3. DeirdreS
    Jun 25, 2005
    10
    Every osng shines - one of the best albums of recent years