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Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. First emailed across the seas, then finalized in Vancouver, their music is to pop as hardcore is to punk, with the Joey Ramone fillip of Cooper's bizarre pronunciation.
  2. May 10, 2011
    80
    With a decided mature edge over the Canadian twins [Tegan And Sara], vocalist/guitarist Kate Cooper and drummer/vocalist Damon Cox have reached their first pinnacle on their second album. [June 2011, p.106]
  3. May 2, 2011
    80
    On their second album, this Aussie duo's buzzy guitar pop is more hyper and gripping than ever, as she breathlessly spews dramatic tales that have the immediacy of crazed Twitter posts.
  4. May 13, 2011
    70
    Perhaps their impatience gets the best of them, especially in key moments when there's a build up and the momentum suddenly stops without a satisfying conclusion. That aside, An Horse carry on their full-bodied sound with a knack that is much to be desired.
  5. May 2, 2011
    70
    An Horse may be grammatically challenged, but singer-guitarist Kate Cooper and drummer Damon Cox sure know how to re-purpose two generations of girl-powered indie pop.
  6. Jun 14, 2011
    64
    Walls is still a likeable and engaging album on the whole, but it's hard not to be a tad worried that An Horse's debut album began with a song where Cooper fiercely and endearingly sang, "And like that good Hole album/I can live through this," while its follow-up ends with a song where she mewls, "Ian Curtis said it would tear us apart."
  7. May 2, 2011
    60
    So while Walls generally finds An Horse treading water, enjoyably enough for the most part, it also suggests that they've arrived at a slight impasse as to how to proceed from here; how to balance artistic development and expansion with the youthful urgency and directness that has marked their best moments, at least so far.
  8. Sep 15, 2011
    50
    Distance may have added lyrical inspiration, but the songs seem a little incomplete.
  9. Jul 29, 2011
    50
    For every captivating thing here, like the chiming, excited "Dressed Sharply", there are far too many songs that are frozen at mid-tempo, leaving the album feeling too uniform to leave much of an impression, either in individual moments or as a whole.
  10. May 27, 2011
    50
    The album's bare bones setup fails to surpass other (better) examples of fizzy indie-pop. [May 2011, p.88]

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