The Sun - Fridge
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. The album also crammed full of innovative bleeps and squeaks - if you're familiar with Four Tet you'll know the sort of thing--which add more of a unique selling point which in the end isn't all that necessary, because this is a somewhat dazzling album from some great talents, and it has an abundance of riches.
  2. For the better part of an hour, the trio's experimental pop melodies create their own breeze that, in a very Zen-like manner, becomes one with the surroundings of the listener.
  3. 80
    You can occasionally hear [Adem's and Hebden's] trademark sounds punctuate these proggy, Tortoise-like instrumentals. [Jul 2007, p.102]
  4. The depth and craft in these songs keep The Sun interesting and make its inspired moments that much better.
  5. Overall, The Sun feels like three men taking things at their own leisurely pace but without wasting a second.
  6. One of the more uniquely listenable albums in some time.
  7. In essence, it still sounds like Fridge, but they've decided to look backwards just as much (and possibly more) than they looked forwards.
  8. In truth, The Sun won’t be the hype-extracting second coming of Fridge. But it is infinitely more modestly spectacular than the majority would have dared hope.
  9. 70
    [It] focuses on Rolex-precise riffs to offset a battery of beats, rattles, and ringing bells. [Jul 2007, p.96]
  10. Most of the album is still enjoyable, however, and certainly provides some new ideas for instrumental rock music.
  11. Though The Sun has plenty of accomplished performances by a capable and experienced band, it’s not very exciting stuff.
  12. Fridge's fifth album is informal and relaxed but lacking in direction. [Summer 2007, p.87]
  13. While the band has certainly grown musically, it also seems less patient and focused; much of the record feels like a hastily recorded jam session with a few superfluous electro-bobbles floating above the fray.
  14. It would be difficult to convince yourself that The Sun is anything but meandering and listless.
  15. There’s little to grasp onto with The Sun, as the record more often than not locks into a cautious mode of jamming on simple figures with little idea as to where to actually take them.
  16. 40
    The few standout tracks are in the beginning, making the rest of the album sound like a monotonous waste of your time. [May 2007, p.94]
  17. When the band operates under more traditional songwriting styles they can be quite catchy, but the more wandering, abstract moments can sometimes wander a little too far into non-structured noise.

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