Turbines - Tunng
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jun 14, 2013
    80
    Remarkably, Turbines makes the right choices at almost every turn, never meandering or spending too much time indulging one idea but instead leaving just enough unsaid to keep drawing the listener back.
  2. Jul 10, 2013
    40
    As it stands, the lack of genuine emotion here does the musical invention shown on Turbines a disservice, and ultimately delivers Tunng's least satisfactory album to date. [Aug 2013, p.107]
  3. Jun 14, 2013
    80
    Somehow, Turbines suggests both consolidation and progress. [Jul 2013, p.83]
  4. Jul 10, 2013
    80
    An affecting release, it demands repeated plays, emerging as canorous, sly and bewitching. [Aug 2013, p.90]
  5. 70
    Their fifth album (strung together by a loose concept about an imagined village you needn’t worry about) is as softly satisfying as a bobbly old jumper. One with thumbholes.
  6. Jun 20, 2013
    60
    Whilst the prettiness in Tunng’s music can often be deceiving, it can also become a little oppressive after a while. The sound world can feel a little too bright and cute.
  7. Jun 14, 2013
    70
    Tunng have been moving towards this downbeat place slowly, and their arrival here shows a real cohesion in them as songwriters and as a band. It’s less the sound of a band losing their edge and more the sound of them finding their zen.
  8. Jun 14, 2013
    80
    It's such a nuanced album that it can feel undemonstrative, with even the choruses lacking impact--but that, too, typifies a place where nothing is what it first seems.
  9. Jul 17, 2013
    80
    The group has managed to retain a sense of innocence, freshness and pure joy in the act of creation. [No. 100, p.59]
  10. 80
    In fact, far from feeling like a tired riff on an established formula, Turbines might just be the most definitive Tunng record yet.
  11. Jun 17, 2013
    70
    It’s reassuring to note that, now five albums in, Tunng continue to distill and refine their sound, honing their craft to create their most accomplished album yet.
  12. 60
    It's Tunng's most direct effort yet, eschewing the “folktronic” bricolage of albums like Good Arrows; but there's plenty happening beneath the surface.
  13. Jul 2, 2013
    80
    Turbines has them sounding more like a band and less like a studio project, but around their psychedelic boy-girl harmonies, circling guitar lines and insidiously weird lyrics, there are still plenty of analogue gurgles and swoops and strange, dubwise production finesse

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