Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Though it still errs toward a languid late-60s template, Cabic’s songwriting is now crisp and effortlessly melodic.
  2. 82
    It's Cabic's soft-sung delivery and chiming acoustic harmonies that give Vetiver their charm. [#21, p.96]
  3. 80
    To Find Me Gone won't win any awards for wheel reinvention, but it's no sterile exercise in genre classicism. [Jul 2006, p.101]
  4. This homebrewed, spacious music can still sound pretty blissful, but the quality songs have a directness and variety that will please David Gray fans as much as the acid folk devotees. [Jul 2006, p.119]
  5. Ageless and deeply affecting. [Jul 2006, p.210]
  6. What a difference a year (and a beard) makes. [Sep 2006, p.75]
  7. It's never anything less than gorgeous.
  8. Eschewing the Incredible String Band nostalgia of Espers et al for a more complex hybrid somewhere between the Kinks at their most relaxed and the Band at their most committed, Vetiver have made a record that's as summery as a field full of butterflies.
  9. To Find Me Gone shows a band as adept at bucking trends as they are at invoking tradition.
  10. [To Find Me Gone] finds Cabic nudging Vetiver toward the lost canyons of airy West Coast soft-rock and laid-back, country-tinged introspection, all harvested with a dreamy, narcotic warmth and just enough melodic grit to avoid a complete departure off into the twilight.
  11. Pleasant if undemanding listening.
  12. 70
    These are the kind of go-with-the-flow countrified tunes that the Grateful Dead used to spin between epic jams, but with a more delicate acoustic touch. [Jul 2006, p.90]
  13. This is a decidedly unhurried album, and it takes a while to find the small pleasures within each song. But once you do, it’s really fantastic.
  14. There's more here than nostalgia, with a range of styles and influences incorporated into Cabic's deceptively direct arrangements, and an afterglow that's testament to his talents. [#269, p.53]
  15. Cabic's alt.blues vocals sometimes sound disinterested, but they merely act as a device for the music to take over the listener. [1 Jul 2006, p.36]
  16. 60
    Features more of the uncomplicated Californian country-rock fare that was hinted at by the cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Save Me A Place" on last year's Between EP. [Jul 2006, p.116]
  17. It's a compelling, forward-thinking album that's as likely to please fans of melodic indie-pop and roots-rock as it is fans of the current crop of folk troubadours.
  18. Vetiver makes first rate folk pop music that can be as fine as a walk on a spring day with brightly colored wildflowers mixed in the meadow, sweet smells in the placid breezes, and newly hatched insects flying by.
  19. Really, though, Cabic needs more “Red Lantern Girls,” a gauzy folk workout that hides and seeks until a brutish electric guitar prods the rhythm and heads for higher ground. It is everything the rest of the album is not: aggressive, terse, and surprising.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jon
    Aug 17, 2006
    10
    What I like to call a "go-to" album, especially for those headphonic moments of wistfulness and nostalgia. Certainly not innovative, but What I like to call a "go-to" album, especially for those headphonic moments of wistfulness and nostalgia. Certainly not innovative, but gorgeous, impeccably arranged songs top to bottom. For me, an early contender for album of the year. Full Review »
  2. MattD.
    Jun 20, 2006
    8
    Many songs on here are good, forward thinking indie-folk - while some other songs are underdeveloped.