Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jun 28, 2012
    90
    One of the best records of the year.
  2. Jun 25, 2012
    90
    Wonderfully accomplished in construction, devastatingly powerful in delivery, Echo Lake have just raised the bar one notch higher for everyone around them.
  3. 80
    What the south London quintet have made is an album full of delicious dream-pop.
  4. Jul 6, 2012
    80
    It's muggy and consuming in the way that using 96 effects pedals at once will be, but there's a vital sweetness that shines through.
  5. Jun 27, 2012
    80
    A dazzling mix of shoegaze, lo-fi psychedelia and fuzzy, mid-period Sonic Youth.
  6. Jun 27, 2012
    80
    Wild Peace is a transcendental album that shows a band reaching for new heights, and achieving blissful music that many of their peers can only dream of making.
  7. Jun 25, 2012
    80
    Wild Peace is a largely subdued affair, but there's so much happening just below the surface of the music that it's easy to miss some of the album's buried brilliance while you're distracted by its glimmering melodies.
  8. 75
    [At times on Wild Peace] you might wonder if Echo Lake are merely a caricature of every previous shoegaze and dream-pop outfit. What saves the duo is how splendidly their iridescent sounds can evoke a moment, allowing listeners to lose themselves in the music.
  9. Jun 25, 2012
    70
    While it is ever-so-slightly patchy, it would be unkind to suggest that Wild Peace is anything other than an impressive debut.
  10. Jun 25, 2012
    64
    It starts to distinguish itself from its long-established template when the band gets less edgy.
  11. Aug 29, 2012
    60
    Wild Peace is a work in progress, a document of a band on a very fast track, but still figuring out exactly who and what it is.
  12. 60
    Songs like "In Dreams" begin promisingly but grow stale, while others lack standout qualities.

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