Where the Heaven Are We

  • Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Aug 5, 2013
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Aug 19, 2013
    70
    Where The Heaven Are We is a solid start for B-Town’s latest export, and when considered the almost fainéant construction, there’s probably a lot more to come from this lot.
  2. Aug 6, 2013
    80
    Ultimately, the golden age of dream pop and shoegaze lasted roughly ten years, a blink in the eye when it comes to pop music. However, for Swim Deep with Where in the Heaven Are We, it’s almost like it never ended.
  3. Aug 5, 2013
    70
    Although it doesn’t always hit the mark, Swim Deep’s debut proves more than capable of matching to the dizzying highs they write about.
  4. 40
    Too much of the rest of their material sounds like utterly unremarkable filler,
  5. Aug 2, 2013
    60
    As it meanders towards its conclusion, the LP melds into a uniform mesh of pleasantly forgettable ditties.
  6. Aug 1, 2013
    60
    The problem being that a voice this washed-out makes everything sound lackadaisical, rather than filled with conquer-the-world ambition.
  7. Jul 31, 2013
    70
    While Where The Heaven Are We isn’t a perfect debut album, it’s a solid effort, and there’s enough talent on display to hint at even better things to come.
  8. 60
    The ramshackle energy and unpredictability of their live show has been sanded down into something more clinical and precise.
  9. Jul 30, 2013
    80
    Swim Deep have written a youthful, entertaining debut that it’s hard to find fault with, and they graduate from B-Town with a first class degree.
  10. Jul 22, 2013
    80
    With many tipping these Birmingham indie sorts for success, a debut album as accomplished and hit-laden as this makes it hard to see the band faltering.
  11. Uncut
    Jul 11, 2013
    70
    They display an exuberant charm that's trashy and infectious. [Aug 2013, p.77]
  12. Q Magazine
    Jul 11, 2013
    80
    It's the overall sense of joie de vivre which makes Where The Heaven Are We such a triumph. [Aug 2013, p.101]
  13. Mojo
    Jul 11, 2013
    60
    Lazy vocals, euphoric hooks and volleys of digital drums. [Aug 2013, p.98]
  14. 80
    Where The Heaven Are We ably showcases their innate knack for massive hooks--it’s a rock-solid debut with something for everyone.

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