Time Travel - Alessi's Ark
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. May 19, 2011
    90
    Finely crafted folk is elevated towards greatness by the stunning voice of Alessi Laurent-Marke.
  2. May 19, 2011
    80
    Acquaint yourself with this successor to 2009's Notes From The Treehouse and it doesn't take long to see what Bella Union honcho Simon Raymonde saw Laurent-Marke. [May 2011, p.112]
  3. 80
    Her second, now with indie Bella Union, is a precious mix of childlike insouciance and adolescent anxiety.
  4. May 19, 2011
    80
    The 12 brief songs (five of them under two minutes long) reveal a talent that's on the verge of becoming something special.
  5. May 19, 2011
    70
    Alessi's Ark carries its ideas two-by-two, sails well above the current flood of increasingly desperate folk wannabes, and weaves a modest magic that is hard to pinpoint, yet even harder to resist. If Time Travel isn't quite a classic, it does enough to suggest that this 20-year-old has one in her Davy Jones' Locker.
  6. 70
    Time Travel has some stellar moments but is not quite the album to make a star of Alessi's Ark. The singer has time on her hands for that to happen, and happen it surely will.
  7. May 19, 2011
    70
    With that as an unavoidable comparison point and baseline, as can be heard again on songs like the title track, Time Travel is still a pleasant album, where what comes out more are the moments of variation on the form than the form itself.
  8. May 19, 2011
    70
    On the remainder of Time Travel, Alessi's Ark sounds like she can achieve mainstream success purely on her own terms.
  9. Oct 5, 2011
    60
    While they are clearly the work of a developing artist, these precocious but consistently pleasant songs are also a testament to her natural talent and hard graft.
  10. May 19, 2011
    60
    This agreeable sequel boasts a more coherent country-folk sound, ironing out some of its predecessor's quirky, hand-knitted allure. [May 2011, p.77]
  11. May 19, 2011
    60
    She's made a solid album of pleasant, though slightly conventional, country pop songs, and done a good job of it. But after showing such early promise, it seems like a shame that more people won't get to hear what Alessi Laurent-Marke is capable of.

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