When It Was Now - Atlas Genius
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 25, 2013
    70
    When It Was Now is a solid debut that proves Trojans wasn't a fluke.
  2. Feb 25, 2013
    70
    The performances are ahead of the songwriting at this early stage, but the loping "Trojans," the rip-roaring "Electric" and the Police-like "Centered On You" engagingly introduce Atlas Genius' genetically taut sound. [Mar 2013, p.67]
  3. Jun 17, 2013
    40
    When It Was Now comes across like French soft-rockers Phoenix without the arty twists. [Jul 2013, p.99]
  4. Feb 25, 2013
    60
    These two Australian brothers deliver Phoenix-like dance pop that's so big on airy hooks that its lyrical lightheadedness isn't too much of a problem.
  5. 50
    As it is, When It Was Now has three great songs, four decent, and four forgettable.
  6. Feb 25, 2013
    63
    It ain't exactly Bill Shakespeare (or Trojans), but it gets the job done.
  7. Jul 15, 2013
    60
    Though the songs can come off as occasionally sterile (“On A Day” quickly comes to mind), it’s still a pretty impressive collection of songs from a band that’s only been around for a few years.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 6, 2013
    9
    When It Was Now is a refreshing debut album by Australian indie pop band, Atlas Genius, that includes plenty of catchy hooks and groovy tunes and is filled with creativity and is not only fun to listen to, but also quite enjoyable. Yes, one or two songs may not be as good as the others, but the album is still pretty damn fine. I am looking forward to other and upcoming music by Atlas Genius. Full Review »
  2. Mar 24, 2013
    9
    This is a solid indie rock album that kept me interested throughout. The album contains plenty of hooks and enough synthesizer to keep me grooving through the night. Well done, boys! Full Review »