- Record Label: Fat Possum
- Release Date: Feb 5, 2016
- Summary: The debut full-length release for the Brooklyn trio of Julia Cumming, Nick Kivlen, and Jacob Faberwas produced by Matt Molnar.
- Record Label: Fat Possum
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
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Positive: 13 out of 18
Mixed: 5 out of 18
Negative: 0 out of 18
Feb 4, 2016This is not a lazily retrogressive record however: its melodies burst with the fidgety energy of youth and ambition.
Feb 5, 2016Human Ceremony is an impressive debut from a band who seem positioned to make many more excellent albums if they can continue to do such a good job of mining the past for gold and revamping it in their own fashion like they do so well here.
Feb 16, 2016Human Ceremony is an instinctive record, with the band more than happy to act on an impulse. The enthusiasm of the band is infectious, always remaining grounded but delightfully exploring their own infinite limitations.
Apr 1, 2016Sunflower Bean have enough homegrown ability between them to draw up a series of immersing and original compositions.
Jan 29, 2016The band’s diverse influences sound best when Kivlen's voice serves as a darker echo of Cumming’s angelic optimism, especially in a call and response. But the band's hodgepodge approach doesn't always work.
Feb 26, 2016Singer Julia Cummings’ saccharine vocals overpower as they search for meaning and purpose. Sadly, they end up being somewhat more tepid and irritating.
Feb 17, 2016Ultimately, Human Ceremony is unremarkable despite its flaws. Its moments of vigor and excitement are repeatedly undercut by the overwhelming familiarity of it all.
Positive: 3 out of 5
Mixed: 2 out of 5
Negative: 0 out of 5
Feb 19, 2016I found this album to be quite intoxicating...a wonderful, well-thought-out blend of new and old sound. Julia's vocals are so soothing. SomeI found this album to be quite intoxicating...a wonderful, well-thought-out blend of new and old sound. Julia's vocals are so soothing. Some of my favourite tracks are "Easier Said", "This Kind of Feeling", "I Was Home" and "Space Exploration Disaster." Will definitely have this album on repeat for awhile.… Expand
Oct 13, 2016I feel that this album good, especially for a first full-length album, although there are some clunky parts. The backup vocals provided byI feel that this album good, especially for a first full-length album, although there are some clunky parts. The backup vocals provided by Nick Kivlen can provide a nice call and response effect, although some parts feel awkward and forced. This band has a relatively steady sound with a psychedelic feel throughout the album but there is some hard rock focused songs scattered throughout the LP. Overall, a good album and I'm excited to see what they do next.… Expand
Mar 5, 2016Human Ceremony is enjoyable while it is playing, but there isn't a lot of comeback quality here. The musical ideas are generally interestingHuman Ceremony is enjoyable while it is playing, but there isn't a lot of comeback quality here. The musical ideas are generally interesting and played well, but the album lacks the sort of conviction that makes strong indie rock albums something special.… Expand
Feb 5, 2016Listening to Human Ceremony as a whole-album experience is not so rewarding, but listening to one piece at a time can reveal some pleasurableListening to Human Ceremony as a whole-album experience is not so rewarding, but listening to one piece at a time can reveal some pleasurable surprises. Sunflower Bean's indie-pop-meets-psychedelia style of making music is not a novelty, but their ability to make hard rock infusions throughout the album is promising. Let's wait for a better work in their next project.
Best tracks: I Was Home, Creation Myth, Space Exploration Disaster… Expand
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