Walk the River - Guillemots
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  • Summary: After a successful solo turn, lead singer Fyfe Dangerfield returns to his indie rock band to release its third full-length release.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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. 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.

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  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 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. Expand