Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
Buy On
  1. Jan 16, 2015
    80
    The sedation blurs the transition of space and time, and Mangan skillfully plays with the passing of each to create unexpected pacing that adds to the overall feel, giving the album moments that range from subdued melancholy to impassioned rock.
  2. Jan 13, 2015
    80
    By maintaining a more or less accessible alt-pop center, Mangan and company have given themselves free reign to fill in the edges with whatever they see fit, which they do with gusto throughout Club Meds' perfectly acceptable 45-minute runtime, which is something that only happens when a band, not an individual, is firing on all cylinders.
  3. Jan 12, 2015
    80
    Aside from this titanic single, Club Meds is an album of subtle pleasures that's more likely to creep under your skin than hit you over the head.
  4. Jan 12, 2015
    80
    Harmonious one minute, turbulent the next, Club Meds is an album rich in sounds and moods.
  5. Jan 8, 2015
    80
    Mangan’s band conjure up a melee that flies in like wild weather, ensuring that once you turn on and tune in to these meds, it’s pretty hard to drop out.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jan 7, 2015
    80
    Club Meds is a bold move from a rapidly developing talent. [Feb 2015, p.110]
  7. Uncut
    Jan 7, 2015
    80
    This is all very impressive stuff. [Feb 2015, p.80]
  8. Jan 7, 2015
    80
    It’s a pleasure to hear a group take a step forward on a record of reflection and insight, and whilst it may lack a visceral thrill for some and needs to be approached with a careful ear, many will appreciate the nuance, engagement and depth it offers.
  9. Jan 7, 2015
    75
    Club Meds is deliberately dense and cluttered and at times confusing. The fact that it manages to be beautiful and intriguing at the same time is quite a feat.
  10. 67
    Despite its mixed offerings, Club Meds is a fascinating and unpredictable new direction from Mangan, surviving its own missteps. A few risks fail, but everything’s more interesting.
  11. Jan 12, 2015
    60
    Club Meds is precise, mature and brooding, and despite the tendency to layer noises and experiment--most notably on the largely forgettable ‘War Spoils’--is at its best when closer to Mangan’s folk-based home.
  12. Jan 7, 2015
    60
    Mangan's emotive voice is as assured as ever, and his socially conscious lyrics penetrate. Add in a stark, disillusioned tone and sluggish tempos and it makes for an overly serious listen.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Feb 25, 2015
    10
    Amazing album, rich and full of surprise. Excellent control on the mood of the songs, an emotional landscape to discover. Excellent sound ansAmazing album, rich and full of surprise. Excellent control on the mood of the songs, an emotional landscape to discover. Excellent sound ans playing, full of references but very well integrated. Full Review »
  2. Feb 10, 2015
    1
    Overblown, pompous, and heartless. Regardless of how much Mangan spruces up his paper-thin songs, or lets talented backing musicians prop himOverblown, pompous, and heartless. Regardless of how much Mangan spruces up his paper-thin songs, or lets talented backing musicians prop him up, this guy just makes Mumford & Sons sound positively hardcore in comparison. Full Review »
  3. Jan 19, 2015
    6
    The production and instrumentation is very impressive - leaps and bounds ahead of anything Dan Mangan has done before. The album itself, inThe production and instrumentation is very impressive - leaps and bounds ahead of anything Dan Mangan has done before. The album itself, in terms of songwriting, is hit and miss. There are standouts, like the two singles, Vessel and Mouthpiece, but many songs follow the same dreary and monotonous structure. Dynamics are not handled particularly well, as most of the songs are around the same level of intensity. This makes for an album that sounds nice, but gets old quickly. Full Review »