Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Under The Radar
    Jun 6, 2014
    80
    It's been worth the wait. [Jun/Jul 2014, p.92]
  2. May 29, 2014
    80
    The GOASTT wig out like shamen throughout Midnight Sun.
  3. May 29, 2014
    80
    It is not pretentious and it is not pompous--here is an ingenuous album made by a couple of odd cherubs who just happen to be, inescapably, two of the Beautiful People.
  4. Mojo
    May 15, 2014
    80
    It's their immersion in multi-layered psychedelia that give Midnight Sun its compellingly ominous underpinning and complete two-sides-of-vinyl feel. [Jun 2014, p.91]
  5. May 15, 2014
    80
    Midnight Sun is a true jewel, and worthy of the linage of one member’s predecessor.
  6. 80
    This time there are killer hooks aplenty that immediately hit the spot. Midnight scorchio, more like.
  7. 80
    By being unafraid to turn up the grit of the guitars and building the wall of sound above the foundations of their debut even higher, it manages to set a more recent benchmark for newer acts to reach, but is still similar to acts who have toyed with the genre before it’s more mainstream return.
  8. Apr 29, 2014
    80
    It’s an accomplished, enjoyable record from start to finish, regardless of references or lineage.
  9. 80
    Lurking behind the cosmicity, there’s usually a solid pop hook.
  10. Apr 29, 2014
    80
    Even though Midnight Sun feels like a creative milestone for the band, it's clear that it's just another step in Lennon and Muhl's creative evolution, and while fans might miss it when it's gone, it's exciting to think about what these two might be seeing on the horizon.
  11. Apr 29, 2014
    70
    Overall, the set could use some emotional weight to match the level of wit and craft.
  12. Apr 29, 2014
    70
    Midnight Sun is a very interesting record, and shows the duo expanding their horizons without forgetting about the importance of their melodic roots.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 28, 2014
    10
    A near perfect album that over time may prove to be a masterpiece, with wicked hooks, depth, humor and a taste of more to come, but willA near perfect album that over time may prove to be a masterpiece, with wicked hooks, depth, humor and a taste of more to come, but will audiences groove on the forward leaning flash-back? Their supporting tour with dynamite backing back around the US started slow but, opening for Beck in the eastern tour, they''ll start to get the attention they deserve. From top to bottom, inside out, Midnight Sun is the perfect antidote and complement to Beck's Morning Phase. Full Review »
  2. Apr 30, 2014
    7
    Since we never really know what to expect from Sean, it's good to say that Midnignt Sun is a psychedelic-folk-rock album from beginning toSince we never really know what to expect from Sean, it's good to say that Midnignt Sun is a psychedelic-folk-rock album from beginning to end. But is it a good album ? Yes, but don't expect much originality. Just good songs. And don't forget THE GOASTT is a duo. Lennon works with his talented girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl. They are ready for the next Monterey Pop Festival!
    Rajotte
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