White Hills - White Hills
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. This isn’t an album to expand musical horizons, as much as it might expand a few minds. Yet it’s deeply enjoyable and more often than not thrilling to hear a band mouthing “We don’t care” over and over before showing two riff shaped fingers to the naysayers.
  2. 80
    Monstrous stoner-psych jams from, of all places, Williamsburg. [July 2010, p. 95]
  3. Not only do they add urgency to familiar psychedelic rock templates, but they pay just as close attention to the quiet moments as the raging ones--each track on their self-titled Thrill Jockey debut displays a careful layering of sounds and atmospheres.
  4. This ability to remain reverent to its influences without compromising its personal vision or sounding like a dull tribute act is White Hills' greatest strength, and it's on display throughout the album.
  5. It does mean that their eponymous third release for Thrill Jockey can be rather prosaically boiled down to: if you like whooshy spacerock, you’ll like this.
  6. 70
    White Hills have struck a riveting balance between heaviness and ethereality while proving space rock can still stimulate four decades after its Big Bang.
  7. Their latest finds the band mixing a haunting calm into songs such as the 13-minute "Let The Right One in." The band can still do heavy with the best of them, though. [Winter 2010, p.72]
  8. All of this makes White Hills sound a bit generic and derivative, and I suppose it can be at times.
  9. White Hills may not be blazing any new musical pathways, but there is no denying that they’re good at what they do.
  10. All that said, it’s only about a third as bad as it sounds. It’s fairly tolerable as far as extreme self indulgence goes.

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