Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Jun 10, 2014
    80
    Above all else, Only Run feels full of this type of energy, the desperation and freedom of needing to prove yourself again.
  2. Jun 5, 2014
    80
    On the whole this is clever, electronically-infused rock that showcases Ounsworth’s songwriting chops.
  3. Jun 3, 2014
    80
    The result is an album of beautiful juxtapositions, steeped with poetic gravitas that nonetheless never fails soar.
  4. Aug 25, 2014
    75
    This notable progression with each release makes Only Run Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's most atmospherically accomplished album to date, boding well for the future of a band who could quite easily have stayed stuck in the mid-noughties indie rut.
  5. Jun 10, 2014
    70
    Without the warm, human touch that made CYHSY’s previous releases so inviting, the ten (or really nine considering “Impossible Request” appears twice) tracks on Only Run feel cold and calculated.
  6. Jun 4, 2014
    70
    Their most eccentric, diverse sounding record to date.
  7. 70
    If Only Run proves anything, it’s that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are still making music on their own terms--they just have the budget and freedom to pull it off with a little more flash.
  8. Jun 16, 2014
    60
    Only Run is an album that rarely seems overblown, even when the songs are big enough to fill a cathedral.
  9. Jun 11, 2014
    60
    The band’s latest evolution is bound to shed some fans of the old lineup, but the music here is interesting enough to attract some new listeners as well.
  10. 60
    While they’ve certainly sharpened some of the edges since Little Moments and brought their newfound gloom-and-synth-addled style to a more formidable shape, Only Run still suffers a significant lack of the sheer vibrancy and enthusiasm that made their off-kilter beginnings so invigorating.
  11. Jun 2, 2014
    60
    Whilst materially an improvement on its predecessor, the move to electronica is superficial.
  12. Jun 3, 2014
    58
    Like a child playing dress-up with their parents’ wardrobe, Only Run’s impulsive change-ups can result in some ill-fitting looks.... Fortunately, Only Run finally hits its stride in its more focussed second half, with Ounsworth and Greenhalgh strategically building upon simple ideas rather than trying to cram them together and see what happens.
  13. 50
    For the first time ever, CYHSY is clearly not a full band playing in a room together; Ounsworth and drummer Sean Greenhalgh are the only two regulars here. But it also doesn’t sound like a freshly band-less songwriter trying not to sound band-less.
  14. ‘Blameless’ and ‘Little Moments’ marshal some nice glimmering synths, but Alec Ounsworth’s mewling vocal--while unquestionably distinctive--remains a bit of an odd proposition to achieve the requisite Everyman appeal.
  15. 50
    The most optimistic light to view Only Run in is also the most condemning; it’s not so much a fully realized album as it is a promising blueprint for songs that haven’t yet been written.
  16. Q Magazine
    Jul 2, 2014
    40
    An album that feels necessarily smaller than its predecessor. [Aug 2014, p.105]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jul 6, 2014
    9
    No sure what's doing with this one critically. it's clearly a major work and - like the new Jollie Holland - a sign that a new sureness mayNo sure what's doing with this one critically. it's clearly a major work and - like the new Jollie Holland - a sign that a new sureness may finally be emerging. Full Review »