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Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. BKM
    Feb 13, 2013
    The latest effort from Mark Oliver Everett and his alt-rock collective lives up to its title. The focus this time is out is less on melody and more on musicianship, but the songs still pack a punch both lyrically and emotionally. Most impressive, however, is the depth of the music which rewards repeated listens. An early contender for album of the year accolades.
  2. Feb 10, 2013
    The album (and the lyrics) feels pretty straightforward, with a vibe of "in the moment" thing. But just when you think the music became predictable, there´s a beautiful middle 8 or a great unusual sound, or a change on the dynamics that puts the whole thing in a very different perspective.
    The EELS, at the top of their game, deliver a wonderful glorious album indeed.
  3. Apr 15, 2013
    Lots of crunchy guitars and witty lyrics. More upbeat than other Eels albums. Great album which gets better with each play. Peach Blossom is a great song for springtime when the cold is gone and the colors of nature have returned. Wonderful, Glorious is a great sing-along track to end the album with.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    Occasionally, this approach doesn’t match the heartfelt sentiment (see the lyrics to both You’re My Friend and A True Original) but, on the whole, this is the sound of a man reinvigorated, happy to be recording and with a dependable, more involved backing band than ever.
  2. Feb 25, 2013
    It’s less confessional, less bleakly vulnerable than he has been on past albums.
  3. Feb 14, 2013
    Luckily, there’s enough good on this album to hide the negatives.