Wish Hotel [EP] - Ducktails
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 11, 2013
    70
    As a bridge between that album and whatever comes next, Wish Hotel works perfectly, hinting at only the slightest changes to the formula, but with differences enough to keep things from getting stale.
  2. 60
    Though these five songs trend closer to his earlier material, Wish Hotel makes it clear that Mondanile has become more adept at writing fully-formed, accessible songs.
  3. Oct 22, 2013
    60
    Without wanting to sound too critical, there is some naive music on Wish Hotel; it feels a tad bloated in places, and there's the occasional miss in terms of instrumental choices to go along with a plethora of hits.
  4. Nov 27, 2013
    50
    Sonically, it's all pretty enough, but the songs rely too much on goofy valentines and cliches. [No. 104, p.55]
  5. 50
    Ducktails have been labeled ‘chillwave’ and ‘hypnagogic pop’ due to their naval-gazing appeal. Sadly that appeal is lacking from this release, as is any sense of urgency, leaving Wish Hotel languishing in the middle of nowhere.
  6. Oct 22, 2013
    70
    Wish Hotel might be ephemeral but it's ultimately pleasing, a cloud of scented smoke floating from your speakers to score an overcast day.
  7. Nov 20, 2013
    50
    Not a whole lot about Wish Hotel really points into a new direction or finds Mondanile straying too far from his comfort zone.
  8. Nov 5, 2013
    50
    Where every track on The Flower Lane felt essential to the whole product, most of the material here feels like warmed-up leftovers.

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