Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 86
    Though With The Tides is undoubtedly the document of a band in transition, it gracefully lacks the awkwardness that usually marks the cost of evolution. [#7, p.92]
  2. 80
    Stalking drumbeats collide with lush chords and Joel Cadbury's smoky vocals for an emotionally fragile record. [May 2004, p.104]
  3. There's a sharpness that was absent before, a shift in focus and time that's strict in design.
  4. A second album full of ambition and epic arrangements so unexpected it knocks you sideways. [May 2004, p.108]
  5. The sense of dynamics on With the Tides sounds almost like the missing link between Pablo Honey and The Bends.
  6. Though it's no masterpiece, With the Tides is certainly a good record. At the very least it should ease your Britpop jones better than Menswe@r.
  7. 70
    More mature than their debut. [#23, p.101]
  8. Rockist textures and lush dreamscapes that could very well be the Cocteau Twins take on heavy metal.
  9. 70
    South won't win any prizes for originality, but their songwriting is endearing enough to mask the stink of opportunistic career change. [Nov 2003, p.121]
  10. Though it has a couple great cuts that are in the running for Britpop song of the year, With The Tides lacks definition, making South more a group in the midst of a movement than one defining it. [Oct 2003, p.138]
  11. Once you vacuum out the fluff there’s barely half an album left.

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