Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dec 11, 2013
    90
    An exquisite album by anyone's standards.
  2. Aug 19, 2013
    90
    If there is one fault, it may be that, at times, the production and backing is a little too restrained.... [But] It really is a thing of beauty, and gets better with every listen; one of the surest signs of something that will ultimately be deemed timeless.
  3. May 8, 2014
    85
    The stronger tracks are weighted towards the first half of the LP, leaving the back end of the album's pace to suffer--but remove these minor issues and what remains is an audacious and exquisite work of gloomy beauty that should see MONEY on a fast ascent, leaving grand sonic architecture in their wake.
  4. 85
    Agree with them, or write them off as abstracted lunatics, The Shadow of Heaven is an incredible persuasive push for thoughtful guitar music, in an often vacuous mainstream.
  5. 80
    This debut carries you on pillowy reverb and ribboned guitar to places only a handful of bands since Simple Minds have visited.
  6. Aug 27, 2013
    80
    As closer ‘Black’ fades out, it’s clear MONEY have made something special and, maybe, even sacred.
  7. Aug 22, 2013
    80
    There's a sense of a band that is both instantly familiar but refreshingly different from its contemporaries.
  8. Aug 21, 2013
    80
    In The Shadow Of Heaven, Money have unveiled themselves as an ambitious band, who owe a fair bit to the influences of the city they live in as well as the generations of artist who have been inspired to write thoughtful rock music there.
  9. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Expect to be challenged, provoked, and amazed by this near-heavenly debut.
  10. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Lee's declared love of hymns, evident in his falsetto flutter and overarching cavernous mood, should ensure former Oasis fans won't clamor for Bluebell Field or Hold Me Forever, the key tracks to Money's particular, profound brand of Mancunian sound. [Sep 2013, p.91]
  11. Aug 13, 2013
    70
    All their songs unfurl slowly, gracefully... and some might say a little laboriously. Luckily, singer Jamie Lee has a voice that can just about carry his lofty lyrical themes. [Sep 2013, p.92]
  12. Jan 27, 2014
    60
    It's a clear-eyed first step to turning their ideas into reality. [Oct 2013, p.106]
  13. Sadly, they simultaneously fail to disguise a whole bucketload of ponderous, self-indulgent navel-gazing from the same source.

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