Untogether

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7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

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  1. Jan 2, 2014
    7
    Unlike Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Alexander Cowan's debut album (the self released Blooming Summer) the duo's second album, Untogether, was recorded with the couple (in the romantic sense) producing most of it separately. Standell-Preston recording her half in Canada and Cowan his half in Europe. The resulting music gathered here has a strange lack of centre which produces aUnlike Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Alexander Cowan's debut album (the self released Blooming Summer) the duo's second album, Untogether, was recorded with the couple (in the romantic sense) producing most of it separately. Standell-Preston recording her half in Canada and Cowan his half in Europe. The resulting music gathered here has a strange lack of centre which produces a dreamlike vibe. Even the techno tracks sound disembodied. Never is there a sense of ennui or tedium on these tracks. For every dub techno moodscape their is a pretty dream pop song.

    Untogether is the sound of a couple working apart with the space between filled with a sense of yearning and dissociation. From the giddy love of Blooming Summer to the ghostly detachment of Untogether Blue Hawaii have produced two contrasting albums reflecting contrasting sides of a romantic, musical relationship.
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69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Mar 26, 2013
    50
    There are moments on Untogether where the music comes close to the sensuality that it frequently hints at, but it’s so caught up in embracing separation that it pushes out anything resembling redemption.
  2. Mar 22, 2013
    80
    The question of whether BRAIDS will return or not melts away in this deeply personal insight into Blue Hawaii's emotional and physical connections with one another.
  3. It’s not an album that immediately reveals itself, but when it lets you in it’s hard to find your way out.