• Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2012
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. It's not all slow and mid-tempo numbers that litter the forty-five minute duration of The Slideshow Effect. There are also moments where the band is unafraid to lift the urgency, to create a semblance of sustained momentum, and to incorporate a few timely hooks and memorable melodies along the way.
  2. Mar 23, 2012
    80
    While Memoryhouse might be demographically marketed to the youngsters, there's something in the retro-alternative beauty of The Slideshow Effect that aging Gen-Xers raised on the golden age of college radio might appreciate a little more.
  3. Feb 24, 2012
    80
    There's a nagging sense of melancholy throughout that gives these tracks a compelling and slightly haunting quality.
  4. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    Blends much that has gone before, and serves up a freshly defined new act that has potential for popular success.
  5. Mar 2, 2012
    78
    Memoryhouse push their indolent, Sunday morning music as far as possible into the depths of recollection.
  6. Mar 19, 2012
    75
    Very clearly the work of art-school kids who use their skills for creating alluring visuals to craft equally enticing music. [No. 85, p.56]
  7. Feb 28, 2012
    75
    Even at its most wispy and abstract, though, Slideshow is shrouded in a ghostly poignancy that flutters and fades like a flashback.
  8. Feb 21, 2012
    75
    This might not be the experimental genre-crossing venture the duo set out to accomplish, but it is a slideshow of timeless pop songs.
  9. Despite the leaps and bounds that this effort makes songwriting wise, it just feels less unique than it did before.
  10. Mar 14, 2012
    70
    The Slideshow Effect is, likewise, a small gem worth treasuring.
  11. 70
    Daydreams are the landscape of Memoryhouse's world, and they deftly weave not only different atmospheres, but paces.
  12. Mar 2, 2012
    70
    On The Slideshow Effect, Memoryhouse strips away the full production, lets the vocals rise to the front, and lets their songs do the talking. The bold choice exposes their weaknesses, but Memoryhouse still has plenty to be proud of.
  13. Feb 28, 2012
    70
    There's no doubt the songwriting is there--but the LP's best tracks ("All Our Wonder" and Old Haunts") share the lo-fi production that was a boon to the atmospheric beauty of their EP.
  14. Feb 27, 2012
    70
    This is a wonderfully wistful album which shows a band who have grown beyond the ideas which earlier defined them to produce a sound and vision that works perfectly.
  15. Feb 24, 2012
    70
    They're a strong band musically, and The Slideshow Effect is a good, well put together piece of work which creeps up on you slowly.
  16. 70
    This is an album for the patient, who are willing, as the title of the album suggests, to sit through a slide show made by someone you don't really know that well.
  17. Feb 28, 2012
    66
    Memoryhouse have a ways to go before they're creating music with as much melodic power or depth of feeling as their dream-pop contemporaries.
  18. Mar 7, 2012
    60
    The shift in styles more readily exposes the band's strengths and weaknesses.
  19. Mar 1, 2012
    60
    In all, this is an album that you might want to really like, but ultimately you'll probably feel a bit cold and aloof at the general lack of variance in the band's sound.
  20. Feb 28, 2012
    60
    It was brave of Memoryhouse to drastically change their approach on their first full-length, but while The Slideshow Effect has plenty of appealing moments, they don't add up to a satisfying album.
  21. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    They could do with a couple more uptempo nuggets like 'The Kids Were Wrong'.
  22. Feb 15, 2012
    60
    [The album recalls] the warm, breezy charms of labelmates Beach house. [Mar 2012, p.92]
  23. Feb 27, 2012
    50
    Her melodies sound tired and her deliveries sound rushed.
  24. Mar 23, 2012
    40
    Pale and pensive indie-pop, cooled to a chill, with [lead singer] Nouvion floating over a similarly tranquil, dreamy wash, like an American Sundays. [Apr 2012, p. 90]
  25. 30
    Insipid marshmallow post-rock that occasionally sniffs in the direction of Yuck or Mogwai, but mostly glowers in a dismally cloying, precious nostalgia.
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  1. Jul 31, 2012
    7
    a solid first full length album from a promising young dreampop group. While not the "can't miss album" that their years ep was, its stilla solid first full length album from a promising young dreampop group. While not the "can't miss album" that their years ep was, its still very solid. Denise continues to grow into a very talented singer and front woman, and evan seems to have decided to focus his efforts more on guitar work rather than brooding synths. Highly recommended for any fan of dreampop or indie rock. Full Review »