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Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Sep 22, 2011
    90
    The album sounds effortless and truly organic in the best sense of the word, like four people blending together to make one perfectly formed sound.
  2. Oct 19, 2011
    70
    Despite the odd patch of fluffier filler, it's still filled with enough dark delights to send tingles up and down your spine.
  3. The songs are mostly good enough to sustain interest through multiple listens.
  4. Oct 10, 2011
    70
    Mostly it's hard to say what puts Veronica Falls over the top in a genre where so many fall flat. Enthusiasm? Personality? Songs? Probably all of that, as well as the indefinable quality that makes old genres come alive again.
  5. Oct 10, 2011
    70
    Given time, it's enjoyably addictive.
  6. 70
    While this sense of restraint feels deliberate, it does raise hopes that the band will fully go off the deep end the next time around. Nevertheless, Veronica Falls is an overall engaging album of contrasts.
  7. Oct 13, 2011
    90
    For an album with no discernible weak links--we'll deduct a mark simply because half these songs were previously available--the final quarter is where Veronica Falls finds itself elevated alongside 2011's best.
  8. Nov 2, 2011
    60
    Veronica Falls are enjoyable to listen to, but they don't seem to offer more than that fleeting smile.
  9. Jan 19, 2012
    40
    An explicitly shambling and weedy breed of music rendered with slavish precision, even muscularity... Decent tunes. [Dec 2011, p.100]
  10. Sep 28, 2011
    60
    Veronica Falls have carved into a niche that will always have a small but loyal following which will baffle those on the outside. Newcomers would do well to do their homework first, and enjoy this debut with a thousand points of reference.
  11. 60
    Even if they're a hard band to fall in love with, this record is ridiculously easy to admire.
  12. Sep 27, 2011
    70
    An excitable sound, great vocal harmonies, a jangling noise that is immensely listenable: It's all here, it's catchy as hell, and it's exciting.
  13. Sep 22, 2011
    80
    While the songs sound effortlessly crafted, there's a complexity to the melodies and structures that surprises on repeat listens.
  14. Sep 22, 2011
    77
    There's a striking physicality to these songs, and Guy Fixsen and Ash Workman's production makes every tambourine beat hit with the clarity of a shattering window.
  15. Jan 24, 2012
    80
    There's a potent energy to the music.
  16. Nov 9, 2011
    60
    Their vampiric draining of the past cleverly becomes an energizing indie infusion. [Nov. 2011, p. 142]
  17. Oct 13, 2011
    60
    For a group so in thrall to death, there's a surprising amount of life here.
  18. 70
    The boy-girl harmonies on this album at least suggest the possibility of outside points of view, but really, Ms. Clifford's tension is everything.
  19. Nov 9, 2011
    50
    On this debut they often seem too busy trying to charm our pants off. [Oct. 2011, p. 106]

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