Wash the Sins Not Only the Face

  • Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Jan 22, 2013
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. Feb 7, 2013
    60
    While they haven’t quite found out how to convert that into an entirely compelling experience as an album, Wash the Sins... is still very much a welcome step in the right direction.
  2. Feb 1, 2013
    60
    There are some encouraging if fleeting flickers of light and warmth here that hint there could be more to come in terms of musical development, but for now the group are little more than faithful revivalists of a niche subculture with limited appeal beyond those already converted.
  3. Jan 25, 2013
    60
    Despite lacking the gonzo fun of Violet Cries the raw material itself is stronger.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jan 24, 2013
    40
    This record passes right through you. [Feb 2013, p.104]
  5. Jan 22, 2013
    60
    The relentless gothic signifiers too often leave you in the cold, wondering why you didn't spend the last 45 minutes enhancing or deepening your more sinister feelings, rather than drowning beneath them.
  6. 60
    Wash the Sins Not Only the Face initially appears to be more of the same from Esben and the Witch. The album's perplexing textures and assured vocals, though, add density to the Brighton trio's desolate mood and sinister themes.
  7. Jan 22, 2013
    58
    Wash the Sins is not a logical, concrete progression from Violet Cries and the Hexagons EP, but a competent if ultimately unmemorable reiteration of a message that wasn't particularly strong in the first place.
  8. Jan 17, 2013
    60
    When it occasionally feels as if it's on its way to becoming too wispy and wafty, they always pull it back with a deft hand, and this is a record that creeps into the mind.
  9. Jan 16, 2013
    40
    Esben and the Witch seem stuck on an autopilot where any levity is out of bounds and an abyss beckons for all the wrong reasons.
  10. Uncut
    Jan 11, 2013
    60
    Wash the Sins Not Only the Face proves they have the songs to match their mood but too often tend to wallow in kohl-eyed cliche. [Feb 2013, p.71]

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