Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Sep 28, 2011
    60
    Their debut slots into a middling no-man's land with very few defining characteristics, positive or negative.
  2. Sep 14, 2011
    30
    Beachy summer party/winter bummer wallpaper for your Bohemian café-bar and for the hipsters that frequent it, who like their pop music perfectly pleasant and non-threatening.
  3. Sep 12, 2011
    72
    Its winning, all-pleasing debut, quiet as it may be in a scene overcrowded with showiness and incessant bids to polarize, is perhaps a mere pebble dropped in a sea-but with will and wit enough to ripple as far as a boulder.
  4. Aug 24, 2011
    80
    There are thus a number of quite diverse stylistic influences at work, but here they are all fused together into a whole that is both natural and low-key.
  5. Widowspeak are a perfectly enjoyable, if ultimately unexciting band.
  6. Aug 24, 2011
    75
    The economical use of space makes Widowspeak feel like a chance meeting with a pining stranger, one who spills their guts then vanishes from sight just as they're beginning to make an impression.
  7. Aug 24, 2011
    80
    If Widowspeak keep refining their sound and cranking out memorable and quietly impressive songs like they do here, they may end up being pretty special. Even if they don't, though, this album will still be out there to help soothe and thrill you when you have a post-Mazzy itch you need to scratch.
  8. 70
    It's a promising brand of ethereal indie rock for a band just beginning.
  9. Aug 24, 2011
    75
    The mixture of pop and mystery is enticing.
  10. Sep 14, 2011
    80
    Their excellent debut album is a neat mix of somnambulant balladry and ragged high drama. [Oct 2011, p.105]

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