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Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Jul 14, 2014
    90
    Deceptively expansive, Fink’s tricksy Hard Believer is essential listening.
  2. Jul 21, 2014
    70
    There is a widening sense of exploration at work here; the considerable benefit of that aesthetic is clear even when it falls a tad short of the mark.
  3. Jul 16, 2014
    70
    The songs are best when they say the least, implying depths that are, perhaps, mostly in the listener’s head.
  4. Jul 15, 2014
    70
    Getting lost in the measured melancholy of Hard Believer doesn’t take much effort at all. And that’s the point--a point made repeatedly throughout the set. Just lie back and let Fink do all the work here.
  5. Jul 14, 2014
    70
    Hard Believer has a simmering urgency, but though the album seems like it's always building to something, when it ends, you can feel how far it has come.
  6. Sep 2, 2014
    65
    The songs with the most character are bunched up together, frontloading Hard Believer.
  7. Jul 31, 2014
    60
    While at times lacking in lyrical insight, Fink’s ability to maintain an atmosphere, to build up gentle, soothing bubbles of sound, is largely unmatched.
  8. Jul 16, 2014
    60
    Recommended for the drive home from festivals.
  9. Q Magazine
    Jul 14, 2014
    60
    Fink runs the folk gamut from A and B quite beautifully. [Aug 2014, p.106]
  10. Jul 14, 2014
    60
    Without enough concrete musical or lyrical details to anchor the album's songs, they occasionally become too abstract for their own good.
  11. Jul 24, 2014
    50
    Whilst Hard Believer has its moments, this sense of playing it safe permeates throughout the record.
  12. 50
    It’s respectable enough but a stronger dose of Fink’s maverick tendencies would be welcome.

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