Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Mar 12, 2013
    It's the orchestral pop of Red Rover, Red Rover and the others that sweep the album along. [Apr 2013, p.113]
  2. Mar 7, 2013
    Folky, fragile songs and others built on washes of guitar effects. [Apr 2013, p.98]
  3. 40
    [Hamilton’s voice] carries the wispy, breathy feel of an Iron & Wine, but where Sam Beam’s rustic vocals float like a leaf down a sunny river, Hamilton’s putters out like a deflated balloon, and he comes off as hesitant and unassuming.
  4. Mar 1, 2013
    Just because it is not music that shouts about itself, that dazzles with pyrotechnics or showboating guitar solos, its profundity and emotional heft is nevertheless, and perhaps even all the more, striking.
  5. Feb 26, 2013
    Hamilton writes very nice folk rock songs, the way a 1,000 song writers do, but he, unlike most of his completion, he also wires them with dynamite and blows them sky high.
  6. Feb 25, 2013
    Highly personal, heavily detailed, and brimming with wounded optimism.
  7. Feb 25, 2013
    Dragging 10 quite ordinary Woodpigeon songs over 45 minutes makes Thumbtacks + Glue a sadly laborious and pedestrian listen, bereft of the wonder in the best of Hamilton’s previous work.
  8. Feb 22, 2013
    It might skirt the edges of twee but the follow-up to 2010's Die Stadt Muzikanten darkens and deepens as it unfolds. [Mar 2013, p.79]
  9. Feb 22, 2013
    Embracing a wide palette of sounds helps, but beyond the occasional crunchy guitar or unexpected synth, it’s the arrangements that make this album work.
  10. Feb 22, 2013
    All things considered, Hamilton needs to focus less on blending parts together, and more on growing his own food from scratch.
  11. 80
    Thumbtacks and Glue is no less nuanced or nourishing, and every song is satisfying. Undulating orchestration, the lift and swell, matches Mark Andrew Hamilton’s eccentric lyrical slant and seraphic singing to produce immaculate and endearing music.
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  1. Feb 26, 2013
    I was pretty unpleased! Normally Woodpigeon kills it but all the fancy sounds became too abrasive for me. I understand that artists need to branch out, tho. I'm sure there will be some higher reviews. I just didn't get into it personally! Full Review »