Until the Colours Run - Lanterns on the Lake

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Oct 8, 2013
    Lanterns on the Lake allow themselves to build on and expand the sound of their debut for Until the Colours Run, bursting open at times with purpose, while drawing on the cinematic sounds and folk storytelling that bind together a magnificent collection of tracks.
  2. Jan 16, 2014
    Until the Colours Run shows they’re a better band, with an exceptional album to show, for it.
  3. Jan 13, 2014
    Until the Colours Run works just fine for an all-purpose wallow, but it’s simply too ponderous to be the galvanizing social commentary to which it aspires.
  4. Sep 20, 2013
    Until The Colours Run casts a spell which lingers. [Oct 2013, p.71]
  5. Jan 27, 2014
    [A] frequently sublime follow-up. [Oct 2013, p.105]
  6. Sep 20, 2013
    It's in a familiar lineage [of meditative alt-rock]--shoegaze, Sigur Ros--but very much at the quality end of the spectrum. [Oct 2013, p.87]
  7. Jan 22, 2014
    It's a woozy slice of reverb-soaked, light drone-backed dreampop...but then what isn't these days?
  8. Sep 20, 2013
    This is a gloriously atmospheric second album from a band who will surely soon be as lauded and acclaimed as their better-known labelmates.
  9. Oct 4, 2013
    Not only have they made a better record than their debut, they’ve made one of the best records of the young decade.
  10. Jan 30, 2014
    An anxious mood comes through clearly but doesn’t quite go anywhere, kind of like a protagonist who seems the same at the end of a book as at the beginning.
  11. Jan 13, 2014
    Until the Colours Run is a huge improvement, though: bigger, messier, louder and more transcendent. If you’re into Speck Mountain, The Besnard Lakes or No Joy, this one is worth a spin.
  12. 70
    With the pieces not yet there, Lanterns on the Lake is still an immensely promising band that’s one risky move away from releasing a stunning album and filling stadiums.
  13. Feb 21, 2014
    The songs are steeped in anguish and melancholy, distressing meditations on the loss and limitations that are coming to define life for many young people in these uncertain times. [No. 106, p.56]
  14. Jan 13, 2014
    Anchored by the cinematic piano compositions of chief-songwriter Hazel Wilde--who seems to have learned vocals from the Bilinda Butcher School for Barely Audible Singing--and the ambient excursions of lead guitarist Paul Gregory, rarely has an album about England's eroding economy and cultural upheaval sounded so exquisitely triumphant.
  15. Oct 4, 2013
    For every moment of devastating weariness, there are several moments of chilling beauty and it is this which keeps the band from being overly oppressive in its sound.
  16. 80
    Lanterns on the Lake have drawn on harsh experience to produce a beautiful record that’s anything but superficial.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 14, 2014
    A very important British album. Lyrically intelligent and musically masterful. Best tracks are Green and Gold, Elodie and Another Tale From Another English Town. Full Review »
  2. Nov 19, 2013
    Great album. Very atmospheric but at the same time catchy. I did prefer the more upbeat moments on the album but it's all great and worthy of a listen. Full Review »