The Sunlandic Twins

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Sunlandic Twins is an album to leave playing while you're going about your daily business. Then see how quickly you discover its 13 tracks burrowing so deeply into your skull that it's as though you'd lived with its jerking, burbling, and never less than transcendental swirlings for ever.
  2. Alternative Press
    80
    The Sunlandic Twins feels like a surprise party that could make a broken-hearted birthday boy smile. [May 2005, p.124]
  3. Some might write off this album as a collection of novelty work à la Ween, but there's more going on here than being goofy for goofiness' sake.
  4. Barnes' bright-eyed, bushy-tailed vocals are at times trying, but there is substance and craft behind the unrelentingly catchy ditties.
  5. Blender
    60
    When it works, his songs are intoxicating pop nuggets... But meandering instrumental interludes and clunky song titles are low on wink, high on wank. [May 2005, p.122]
  6. Though not perfect, it's unlikely 2005 will see many records eclipsing The Sunlandic Twins.
  7. The Sunlandic Twins is a dizzying, exhilarating, and almost endlessly fun ride, breezy almost to a fault, romantic and lighthearted.
  8. Occasionally masterful, frequently evocative, and consistently lovely.
  9. Entertainment Weekly
    67
    Most of Twins seems too keenly fascinated by its own intelligence. [15 Apr 2005, p.77]
  10. Filter
    82
    Imagine if !!! were to trim down the intense jams and adopt light vocal harmonies a la the Shins. [#15, p.95]
  11. On the whole, The Sunlandic Twins makes almost everything else today seem diluted and stale.
  12. Mojo
    70
    [A] dazzling selection of pop songs. [Aug 2005, p.96]
  13. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    An elegiac, neo-psychedelic collection of labyrinthine naive melodies that's the schizophrenic lovechild of Four Tet and The Magnetic Fields. [4 Jun 2005, p.58]
  14. Barnes seems to draw from a bottomless well of creativity, and is capable of the most sublimely unexpected melodic phrasing. At the same time, he can come off as a little too intellectual for his own good.
  15. Missing Satanic Panic's multidimensionality, the album feels like the hollowed-out shell of something great.
  16. For all its delectable dance tracks, infused with Barnes’ latest influences of Afrobeat, disco and electronic music, The Sunlandic Twins still offers thoughtful lyrics and emotionally heady songs.
  17. Q Magazine
    70
    A trip worth taking. [Jun 2005, p.116]
  18. The second half lacks the spirited kick of the first.
  19. The relentless sweetness may be off-putting to some... but it'll be difficult for all but the most jaded listeners to avoid being charmed by Of Montreal's appealing melodies and whimsical innocence-recaptured lyrics.
  20. Barnes has created some utterly brilliant compositions, captured a perfect blend of melodic energy and sincerity while never sacrificing catchiness, and has used both achievements to create one of this year’s most cathartically fun albums.
  21. While the second half of the album is a miscue -- eschewing the sunny innocence that makes his music so likeable -- I know what'll be in my CD player all spring.
  22. Uncut
    60
    For all this sonic broad-mindedness, the Twins' ideas are piled on a lightweight core, and good luck making sense of the lyrics. [Jul 2005, p.104]
  23. Under The Radar
    80
    If Brian Wilson made a dance-pop album, it would sound like this. [#9]
  24. Urb
    80
    Terse bass and faux-African rhythms that recall [the Talking Heads]. [May 2005, p.93]
  25. Part of what makes Of Montreal notable is the quantity of things Barnes does impeccably.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. EdgarH
    May 2, 2007
    10
    Awesome!
  2. FrankD
    Apr 23, 2007
    10
    Another solid effort by Kevin Barnes and Company. Great, great album.
  3. SlayG
    Apr 23, 2007
    10
    One of the better albums to come out in 05.