Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. This Is for the White in Your Eyes is a come-out-of-the-gate winner.
  2. 90
    Winner of the “Best New Act” award at the Danish Grammys, Choir of Young Believers’ debut is like summer itself--over too soon, but a tremendous joy.
  3. Makrigiannis’ style makes a strong first impression, as his songs flow naturally from muted sorrow to booming emotion and back. He evokes the calm, the storm, and the aftermath.
  4. Mojo
    80
    Led by spectral-voiced dreamer Jannis Makrigiannis, they have made a desolately pretty debut, its tangible, space and reverb-worn expansiveness conjuring vast Nordic skies. [Dec 2009, p. 92]
  5. Uncut
    80
    The music is accordingly spectral, with sparse piano teasing its way into break-out crescendos of strings, French horns and a children's choir. [Dec 2009, p. 87]
  6. 70
    When he injects melodic sunshine, as on the loping 'Action/Reaction,' For the White in Your Eyes nestles nicely between the Beach Boys and Fleet Foxes. But Makrigiannis mostly stays in stark, downcast mode.
  7. Under The Radar
    70
    Watch out he'll make yoyr believe. [Summer 2009, p.60]
  8. Overall, though, it's too smooth and metropolitan to inspire the same ­reaction that Bon Iver's For Emma, ­Forever Ago did last summer.
  9. It is something of a missing link, and therefore a reminder of the often uncomfortably close proximity, between indie baroque’s earnestness and the pyrotechnic baroque of a lead singer who keeps a “passion coach” in his entourage.
  10. Sadly, This is for the White in Your Eyes sees a band with great potential whose ambitions too frequently get the best of them.

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