Tides End - Minks
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 5, 2013
    80
    Tides End is so smooth that some of its nuances may be lost at first, but before it slips away, it takes listeners on a deceptively breezy and surprisingly affecting journey through moments that can't last.
  2. Sep 18, 2013
    70
    It’s the change in an almost overall sound--when acts like The Human League, OMD, Ultravox, and Depeche Mode weren’t the only ones making ample use of keyboards--and Kilfoyle captures this incredibly well while retaining a still-in-formation yet already distinct MINKS sound, much in the way many formerly post-punk bands retained their own certain darkness throughout.
  3. Aug 6, 2013
    70
    The songs drift between familiar buoys of Echo & the Bunnymen and Simple Minds (with producer Mark Verbos lending more electronic thump than was heard on 2011’s “By the Hedge”), but it’s a tenuous comfort, a listlessness that feels endangered.
  4. Aug 5, 2013
    70
    To put it into perspective, if By the Hedges was Minks channelling Joy Division, Tides End is more New Order ("Doomed and Cool," quite literally), in both its disposition and potentail to reach a wider audience.
  5. 60
    Musically it’s akin to the recent Neon Neon album, but Kilfoyle’s musings on romance and class are all his own.
  6. Aug 6, 2013
    60
    It’s an interesting mix of the wide-eyed and sparkly and the beachfront and nonchalant that makes for a hugely radio-friendly record that won’t dent your credibility.
  7. Aug 5, 2013
    59
    Now that the veil has been lifted, there’s not much on Tides End worth the price of progress.
  8. 50
    A portion of Tides End listens like a dramatic over-correction into the electro-pop realm. However, by album’s end, Kilfoyle and Verbos find the intersection between vocal melancholy and production excess.
  9. Aug 20, 2013
    40
    Songs such as Painted Indian and Everything's Fine offer a Balearic-tinged euphoria that ends up sounding like the band are at a party they were forced to go to. [Sep 2013, p.106]
  10. Aug 7, 2013
    40
    The problem with Tides End as a whole is that it all sounds a bit like a blander, toned-down version of every electro-rock album released in the late Noughties, and unfortunately for Minks, five years isn’t long enough for people to get nostalgic about a certain sound.
  11. Aug 5, 2013
    40
    Its best moments reference the label’s penchant for breezy, languorous guitar lines, like on the catchy Weekenders. If only Minks would lay off the synth and embrace the guitar more often.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 12, 2013
    5
    Although a very interesting album, Tides End fails to separate itself from the rest of the pop/alternative and electro albums that haveAlthough a very interesting album, Tides End fails to separate itself from the rest of the pop/alternative and electro albums that have flooded the music world. Tides End might have that 80's pop feel, but the music here is uninteresting and sounds like many other albums that delve into the world of 80's funk electro that this album tries to grasp, this album doesn't have potential because it reached it, and that's what is sad about it. Tides End feels familiar and none of the songs separate themselves from the others. Tides End isn't bad, but it isn't great, and it isn't anything new. Full Review »