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Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  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. Feb 12, 2013
    75
    Taken apart from the high expectations set by their debut, Waiting is another strong collection of guitar pop gems from a band quickly proving itself to be a better, more elusive quantity than any easy genre tag might suggest.
  4. Feb 4, 2013
    70
    It's a record packed with earworms and a deliciously deadpan charm. [Mar 2013, p.79]
  5. Jan 28, 2013
    80
    Alienation, restlessness and lovelorn angst abound here, and Veronica Falls have lost none of their knack for blithely morbid romance. [Feb 2013, p.113]
  6. 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.
  7. Jan 28, 2013
    80
    Veronica Falls have their finger on the pulse of these vicissitudes, and they explore them with wide-eyed clarity. [Jan-Feb 2013, p.90]
  8. 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.
  9. Jan 29, 2013
    80
    Although not quite possessing the gobsmacking "WOW!" factor of Veronica Falls' debut, Waiting For Something To Happen is an often revealing and utterly compelling follow-up that is sure to feature in many an end-of-year best of list come December.
  10. Jan 31, 2013
    100
    What an unexpected and wonderful treat this album is.
  11. Feb 12, 2013
    75
    It’s when Veronica Falls stick to their comfort zone that the most memorable results arrive.
  12. 70
    Along the way the band delivers a succession of sparkling melodies in wistful yet grounded indie-pop songs that are satisfying enough for you not to want to change stations along the route.
  13. 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.
  14. Feb 12, 2013
    70
    No one’s going to herald Waiting For Something To Happen as a great leap forward, but there’s a subtle refinement in approach happening for the attentive of ear.
  15. Jan 28, 2013
    70
    [A] likeable, if light, follow-up.
  16. Mar 8, 2013
    60
    Waiting For Something To Happen, is something both sinister and sweet, dripping with shoegaze guitars and harmonies abound.
  17. Feb 14, 2013
    50
    Largely, the band’s turn from paradoxically sweet Goth-pop to the more treaded territory jangle-pop works against them.
  18. Feb 11, 2013
    65
    Hearing these songs all in a row, most sharing the same basic beat and harmonic structure, can make the title feel uncomfortably prophetic. [No. 95, p.60]
  19. Mar 18, 2013
    80
    In songs about getting swept up by infatuation the music sounds like a suddenly shared, irresistible impulse.
  20. 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.
  21. Jul 29, 2013
    80
    Waiting for Something To Happen is an excellent record.
  22. Feb 1, 2013
    80
    Assured, confident, and infectious, Wait For Something To Happen sees a band developing both as musicians and songwriters while still retaining what made them great in the first place.
  23. 70
    There’s still plenty to bewitch the listener, particularly if your shelves are stacked with the likes of, say, The Darling Buds, Kirsty MacColl or Allo Darlin’, but it’s a more refined approach, shall we say.
  24. Both [Frankie Rose and the Outs’ 2010 self-titled] and this one are short, sweet, and undeniably charming rock records that hold up on repeat listens more than you might expect.
  25. 80
    This UK quartet conjure a beguiling air of eternal youth in all its charming contradictions, a sunburst of yearning, tedium and expectation.
  26. It's nothing that Best Coast and the Magic Numbers don't do better.
  27. Aside from the overall atmosphere of the album, most of the time, Veronica Falls are spot on with their songwriting.

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