The Visiter

Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Under The Radar
    90
    A lyrical and musical knockout, spearheaded by the miraculous 'Fools,' Visiter could be one of the best albums of the year. [Spring 2008, p.82]
  2. The Dodos have shaped and formed a superb blend of intricate drumming, remarkable acoustic guitar and touching vocals--this is truly something exceptional.
  3. Sounding somewhat like a lot of groups but not exactly like anyone, this is an album you shouldn't miss.
  4. Magnetic Fields-like numbers 'Winter' and 'Undeclared' seem vanilla by comparison to some, but by making room for both, Visiter ends up being one of the most welcoming (and welcome) records of 2008 so far.
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    This is cerebral twisted folk that's as wistful as it is strident. [04 Apr 2008, p.63]
  6. It's a winning formula The Dodos repeat throughout Visiter, and yet never run into the ground.
  7. Visiter's experimental pop is so joyous and liberated-sounding that it's difficult not to get swept along in its wake.
  8. Visiter has a hidden treasure aspect implying future generations may be more willing to appreciate this album.
  9. And speaking of nervous systems, if Visiter doesn't make you tap, nod, shake, or just plain move, then you don't have one.
  10. Spin
    80
    The seven minute thriller 'Joe's Waltz' demonstrates their flair for balancing craftmanship and raw emotion. [Apr 2008, p.96]
  11. With Visiter, the Dodos have made one of the year's best albums, one that mixes folk traditions with impressive sonics and texture. It only hints at what they may be capable of.
  12. This is one of the few releases of 2008 that shook me out of my complacency and forced me to accept it on its own terms.
  13. Alternative Press
    80
    Pretty awesome, seriously. [Apr 2008, p.153]
  14. Q Magazine
    80
    The Dodos are too uptight to freak-out totally and the clash between slacker lyricism and unpredictable acoustic outbursts lends an intriguingly split personality. [July 2008, p.101]
  15. Though it’s not entirely without precedent, there’s still more than enough innovation here to mark Visiter out as one of the summer’s must-have releases.
  16. At 14 tracks long, The Dodos do push the point a little, but it's really a case of once you've lit the touch-paper you live with the explosions till the last spark.
  17. This is an album that definitely deserves your interest, one of the best that New Weird America has thrown across the Atlantic in a long, long time.
  18. At 59 minutes, it feels long, but that's the price you pay for experiments such as 'The Season' and charming oddities such as 'God?,' a bit of laid-back Americana employing sleigh bells. It's easy to see why they were a bit of a sensation at SXSW.
  19. Visiter is an impressive sophomore album, a wonderful growth for the Dodos, and one of the year’s subtlest surprises, even if it took thirty listens to get there.
  20. Uncut
    80
    Visiter suggesting both a rhythm-centric Shins and a more hard-bitten Feelies. [Aug 2008, p.90]
  21. Mojo
    80
    Infectious, propulsive, unselfconscious, The Dodos are good enough to keep such company [as Brian Eno or David Byrne]. [Aug 2008, p.106]
  22. Long and Kroeber deserve sizable praise for avoiding the pitfalls of such practices, even with some inevitable shortcomings that are to be expected from a relatively young band with big aspirations.
  23. Sometimes abruptly but always skilfully, these rhythms drag and push the record to its limit on the existential moaning of the album’s closer, God?
  24. One is left feeling that the Dodos are selling themselves short, hanging onto prettyboy singer-songwriterdom when they should be letting their freak flag fly.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. AntonS.
    Sep 15, 2008
    9
    Great, honest, metaphysics.
  2. KurtD
    Jun 4, 2008
    10
    It's awesome when an album can be amazing without making you work for it. Like, for instance, this one.
  3. WesselK.
    May 29, 2008
    8
    I strongly agree with Andrew, this is some original stuff. It's a captivating listening experience. And in my opinion "fools' I strongly agree with Andrew, this is some original stuff. It's a captivating listening experience. And in my opinion "fools' should be played on the radio non-stop. Full Review »