Walk the River - Guillemots
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Dec 19, 2011
    80
    An intimate and emotive affair which manages to pursue a slightly mellower direction while still retaining their trademark oddball sensibilities.
  2. May 17, 2012
    59
    For a band that once stood out for its too-much-ness, Walk the River now gives us too much of the wrong things: too many midtempo songs, too many minor-key acoustic strums, too many codas that outstay their welcome without really connecting.
  3. May 2, 2011
    40
    Caught between Genesis and Crowded House, Guillemots end up careening between Melancholy, bombast and bad verse. [May 2011, p.87]
  4. May 17, 2011
    80
    The sentiment of the latter is clearly that the doubts and fuzziness of the past have gone and the future is now dazzlingly bright. On the strength of this sharply-focused, wholly impressive record, that much is certainly true for Guillemots. [May 2011, p.113]
  5. May 17, 2011
    80
    Walk The River is far more direct and carries a mood of singer-songwriter writ (very) large. [May 2011, p.105]
  6. 50
    With two songs playing out at over nine minutes long, one feels that a decent edit would change things from somnambulant to plain dreamy.
  7. Apr 27, 2011
    60
    It comes armed with a pocketful of melodies and great musicianship. But yet somehow it doesn't convince. It's hamstrung in part by its length.
  8. Apr 27, 2011
    60
    The most positive thing to say about Walk the River is that it shows that Guillemots are still capable of producing beautiful, indefinable pieces of contemporary songcraft when the mood takes them. The most concerning aspect is that they're finding these diamonds increasingly scarce among the dirt.
  9. Apr 27, 2011
    80
    This is a group who don't believe in understatement, so there's a lot going on, from the fuzzy guitar and spacey synth squeaks that take The Basket in a psychedelic direction to Tiger's girl-group harmonies, but none of it feels superfluous--every sound here contributes to a big, beautiful whole.
  10. Apr 27, 2011
    40
    Eventually, their self-indulgence completely loses the listener. No matter how hard one might try to love this album--and one can try very hard--there's only disappointment at what could have been.
  11. Apr 28, 2011
    70
    Though there are still moments of eyeball rolling twee, the darker undertones are enough to more than keep us interested.
  12. Apr 27, 2011
    70
    While there is nothing here as magically refined as 'Made-Up Love Song #43', and Dangerfield's lyrics sometimes veer into fromage-land, Walk The River represents a must-have for those with pop tastes.
  13. May 17, 2012
    80
    [Walk the River]is not for the faint-hearted but it's certainly for the soft-hearted - three albums along, they still feed our hunger for the big, the wild and the honest.
  14. 60
    Guillemots have never been short on ambition, and Walk the River opens accordingly, with trepidation and expectation wrapped up together in the title-track's foreboding intro riff, as Fyfe Dangerfield sings of "backing out of the race".
  15. WTR is a classy bit of radio-friendly Mercury-bait which highlights Dangerfield's development as a songwriter.
  16. May 17, 2012
    70
    'Walk The River' is defiantly sky-punching stuff, chipping away at its own corner of neoclassicism between latter-day Pulp and late-80s Tears For Fears and displaying not only an excess of soaring Dangerfield vocals but also plenty of roaring guitars...and deftly-exploring haunt-pop suss.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 14, 2012
    8
    it isn't Through the Windowpane, but it's a much stronger album than Red was. i love the delicate nature of Fyfe's voice, and there areit isn't Through the Windowpane, but it's a much stronger album than Red was. i love the delicate nature of Fyfe's voice, and there are certain moments when the music near about knocks me off my feet orgasmically (particularly the guitar solo in Vermillion). all in all, this is a beautiful record. Full Review »