Violet Cries

  • Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Feb 8, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
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  1. Let us hope this isn't a flash-in-the-pan success and that subsequent releases are just as good.
  2. Feb 7, 2011
    Revel in the gloom.
  3. Feb 14, 2011
    Theirs is a music of doomed melancholy –- plaintive, dark, and uneasy.
  4. Feb 14, 2011
    They've certainly got the pure sound of it nailed down. More than most mini-genres, goth demands ambiance-- the mood is everything, and on this front, Violet Cries succeeds tremendously.
  5. Feb 9, 2011
    While there are a few moments where Violet Cries' potent atmosphere turns meandering and atonal, this is still a promising and often captivating debut from a band with a bold sound.
  6. Throughout the exquisitely mournful Violet Cries, Rachel Davies issues Cassandra-like predictions of woe and mayhem, while Thomas Fisher's filigree guitars shimmer like sunset on a lake.
  7. Feb 7, 2011
    It is an album that gives up its charms slowly, but its painstaking attention to detail, dark shadows and languid depths will see it become an essential companion for many sombre souls in 2011 and beyond.
  8. Feb 7, 2011
    Whichever road they happen to tread next, it'll be worthwhile following in their footsteps.
  9. Feb 7, 2011
    Like following a serial killer's trail of devastation, you're gripped until the end, no matter how grisly the conclusion. Bewitching.
  10. To immerse yourself in 'Violet Cries' is more akin to entering a Ye Olde English fairy tale than some trashy vampire fiction, like discovering a weighty, weathered tome that lies under several thick inches of dust and recounts a distant age.
  11. Mojo
    Apr 12, 2011
    Brighton trio take a walk on the dark side. [Feb. 2011, p. 104]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 26, 2011
    "Violent Cries" just may be the music for an exclusive club of miseries immersed in a belief that Esben & The Witch gravitate beyond the"Violent Cries" just may be the music for an exclusive club of miseries immersed in a belief that Esben & The Witch gravitate beyond the normal artistic boundaries. For everyone else it's just three tiresome musicians desperately trying to be taken seriously by presenting an impenetrably dull, brooding and lifeless experience. Full Review »