Tower Of Love - Jim Noir

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 91
    A glowing psychedelic pop opus. [#21, p.102]
  2. You will be hard-pressed to keep from walking around all day grinning like a fish once you give the album an airing.
  3. The record feels small but impeccably crafted, like a toy soldier.
  4. It's a summertime record guaranteed to freak out half the "Surfing USA" fans in the world. [Oct 2006, p.202]
  5. By comparison, Noir's closest current peers, Super Furry Animals, seem like fusty older brothers.
  6. More beautiful, uplifting, sweet music than you could ever require.
  7. A mood-altering drug for pop fiends.
  8. Let's just say Tower of Love isn't out to offend or challenge or discomfit anyone. But the album's less simplistic than it comes on, obviously, its snugly melodies decorated with snaking structures and surprising instrumentation.
  9. As a starting point for Jim Noir, 'Tower Of Love' is a tasty entree that merely whets the appetite for the first album proper.
  10. 70
    Because he clearly aced his Beatles/Beach Boys classes, Noir's elaborately multitracked recordings... make his gentle bitching irresistible. [Aug 2006, p.113]
  11. It's a distinct type of pop that could become truly memorable when he actually sits down to compose a full album.
  12. 60
    Plays like a budget price homage to ELO and early '70s Beach Boys, full of pocket symphonies and childlike wonder. [Jan 2006, p.132]
  13. 60
    Possibly cloying in large doses. [Jan 2006, p.112]
  14. It's cute--like a super furry animal, perhaps. [Jan 2006, p.127]
  15. 60
    He, like the Beta Band, deftly creates a patchwork of Britain's mushiest styles, from Rubber Soul-era Beatles to Badly Drawn Boy's acoustic wanderings. [Sep 2006, p.108]
  16. Noir... writes some really genuine, cheery, memorable songs, but it’s just too much to digest on one record.
  17. Tower of Love hums with 60s pop brilliantine and a slightly uncomfortable childhood nostalgia. Still, with its easy grace and a plethora of catchy sunshine melodies, the disc can’t help but waft pleasantly by.
  18. Unfortunately, his lyrics don't measure up; he writes songs that repeat a phrase or two in lieu of any sort of finished thought.

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