• Record Label: Polydor
  • Release Date: Apr 18, 2011
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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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".
  6. 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.
  7. May 2, 2011
    40
    Caught between Genesis and Crowded House, Guillemots end up careening between Melancholy, bombast and bad verse. [May 2011, p.87]
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 »