Dagger Beach - John Vanderslice
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jun 11, 2013
    80
    The plethora of unlikely choices adds a depth and tension to the songs, recalling a variety of unique reference points while creating the album's own remarkably strange, remarkably honest statement.
  2. Jun 11, 2013
    80
    It's his ability to adapt first-person details into unexpected and unconventional songs that's made Vanderslice such a captivating songwriter, and Dagger Beach manages to be a personal album that doesn't rely strictly on autobiography for its emotional or thematic heft.
  3. Jun 18, 2013
    77
    It may not be his most easily accessible album, but Dagger Beach is certainly worth the time to explore. JV has delivered a well-produced and thought-provoking album that sinks in more and more after each listen.
  4. Jul 17, 2013
    75
    Another fine Vanderslice record with all he things we've come to expect. [No. 100, p.61]
  5. Aug 26, 2013
    70
    There’s no climax to Dagger Beach, but one can’t help but think this was intentional.
  6. 70
    Dagger Beach is a marked return to Vanderslice’s impressively meticulous tinkering after the hurried live recording of White Wilderness.
  7. Jun 13, 2013
    70
    It's a confusing world he captures here, but a spectacular opportunity to soak up the diverse paths he carves on his wild adventure. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.91]
  8. Jun 11, 2013
    70
    The entire album's honeycombed with intriguing tones and gauzy grace, but the songs' elliptical shapes demand patience. The reward comes in installments, but is high yield. [Jul 2013, p.106]
  9. Jun 19, 2013
    62
    The lack of structure makes these songs feel experimental, but not sufficiently to commit to being out there in a remarkable way.
  10. Jun 11, 2013
    60
    Ultimately, Dagger Beach isn’t the easiest listen--“bewildering” and “bizarre” are perhaps the better descriptions here--but for sheer daring and intrigue, Vanderslice finds fruition.