Waiting for Something to Happen

Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. Feb 11, 2013
    60
    Adding the pluses and minuses, it's clear that Waiting for Something to Happen isn't a failure by any stretch, but it is something of a disappointment.
  2. Feb 12, 2013
    40
    Aside from a few bright spots, such as the long-gestating single “Teenage”, nothing on Waiting for Something to Happen really sticks on repeated listens.
  3. What they offer on Waiting For Something To Happen is a fey-pop selection box that leaves out the gothic grit and garage-infused rabble of early tracks.
  4. Feb 4, 2013
    60
    There are rewards to be had for perseverance but, just like before, we’re left wishing they’d loosen up a bit.
  5. Feb 14, 2013
    60
    Originality isn’t always the most important criterion in music like this. Familiar, nostalgic sounds can please just as much, as they do here.
  6. Feb 14, 2013
    50
    Largely, the band’s turn from paradoxically sweet Goth-pop to the more treaded territory jangle-pop works against them.
  7. Mar 8, 2013
    60
    Waiting For Something To Happen, is something both sinister and sweet, dripping with shoegaze guitars and harmonies abound.
  8. Jan 28, 2013
    60
    Neither offensive nor inventive this album is a bit like a bag of Rainbow Drops; thrillingly pretty but ultimately full of air.
  9. It's nothing that Best Coast and the Magic Numbers don't do better.

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