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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Magnet
    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]
  7. Mojo
    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]
  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. 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.
  10. Jan 16, 2014
    Until the Colours Run shows they’re a better band, with an exceptional album to show, for it.
  11. Q Magazine
    Jan 27, 2014
    [A] frequently sublime follow-up. [Oct 2013, p.105]
  12. 80
    Lanterns on the Lake have drawn on harsh experience to produce a beautiful record that’s anything but superficial.
  13. Uncut
    Sep 20, 2013
    Until The Colours Run casts a spell which lingers. [Oct 2013, p.71]
  14. Jan 22, 2014
    It's a woozy slice of reverb-soaked, light drone-backed dreampop...but then what isn't these days?
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Feb 14, 2014
    A very important British album. Lyrically intelligent and musically masterful. Best tracks are Green and Gold, Elodie and Another Tale FromA 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 »