Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Jan 5, 2011
    91
    Twin Shadow manages to stand out in a cluttered genre thanks to world-beating, danceable hooks and a surfeit of style.
  2. Although Forget might not usher in a new musical era, it's a near-flawless album and certainly one of the most impressive debuts we've ever seen. It might not change your life, but it will bury itself deep into your brain and make you feel good and warm for a couple of days.
  3. Lewis may be covering territory that a lot of other artists tread, but he's earnest and soulful, injecting the romantic lyrics with a smoothness that reminds me of Avalon-era Roxy Music.
  4. The songs may be catchy, but their intricacy and thoughtful storytelling makes them stick. And for its impressive sonic sheen, the album's skillful restraint makes it sound better with every spin.
  5. Dec 21, 2010
    80
    Unlike the many psychedelic loop-crazy Panda Bears popping up these days, Twin Shadow skilfully crafts structured songs that stand out and are full of soul and mournfulness.
  6. Uncut
    Dec 20, 2010
    80
    Like Blue Velvet, Forget is a lurid fever dream--and a magnificent hymn to suburban teenage romance. [Jan 2011, p.98]
  7. Mojo
    Dec 20, 2010
    80
    For a man with a suspect hipster mustache and a vast lick of asymmetrical hair, Lewis' music has serious depth. [Dec 2010, p.106]
  8. Dec 13, 2010
    80
    It's a mark of the album's strength that there aren't many standouts: there aren't any weak tracks either.
  9. Dec 13, 2010
    80
    A daydream-like haze smudges the crispness of the beats while Lewis sings his osmotic melodies, his tones akin to Richard Swift gone disco.
  10. Dec 13, 2010
    80
    Lewis has made a striking debut that delights in the most surprising of ways.
  11. 80
    Remembering, reinventing and emerging with a record as joyful as it is tear-stained, Twin Shadow has crafted something that's understatedly, subtly, almost perfect.
  12. Dec 13, 2010
    70
    If it hasn't already been made clear, there is a pretty constant, not to mention obvious, Eighties aesthetic permeating these eleven tracks. But it's been put together well enough that its never really overbearing or worse, a contrived mess.
  13. 70
    Pompadoured George Taylor Jr. has more than enough melodic grace and pretty-boy swag to nail the sound.
  14. Twin Shadow wears his influences squarely on his aural sleeve, and more power to him-it's some rich source material, and those influences are part of the indie zeitgeist, as the modern/retro dividing line moves swiftly forward. Besides, Lewis wears it well--he's a solid songwriter, and most of these tunes, stripped of those trendy and nostalgic arrangements, would hold up just fine.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Oct 20, 2010
    9
    Out of all the artists currently aping/paying homage to/trying to replicate the sound of the 80's, this guy does it best without soundingOut of all the artists currently aping/paying homage to/trying to replicate the sound of the 80's, this guy does it best without sounding gimmicky. Really not a single bad song on the entire album but "At My Heels" "Slow" and "When We're Dancing" are especially excellent. Definitely one of the top albums of the year and one that you can see having staying power. Full Review »
  2. Dec 8, 2012
    10
    The dreamy grandeur of this album is difficult to pin down as every listen seems to render the album in a different light, but it's appeal isThe dreamy grandeur of this album is difficult to pin down as every listen seems to render the album in a different light, but it's appeal is likely easily found by both fans of nostalgic music and those seeking a collection of songs which could all easily qualify as singles. Full Review »
  3. Jun 11, 2012
    8
    Cracking good record for a debut. As you'll have read - it's got a bit of an 80's vibe going on - lots of synths. Twin Shadow is really goodCracking good record for a debut. As you'll have read - it's got a bit of an 80's vibe going on - lots of synths. Twin Shadow is really good at making his songs atmospheric and giving them a kind of "feel". There is a predominantly dark feel to the record, like some of Depeche Modes better stuff but a bit more indie and a lot more chilled out. Mostly very good songs and really looking forward to hearing his next effort. Full Review »