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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British electronic duo of Chris Davids and Liam Ivory features guest appearances from Holly Walker and Jono McCleery.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. Jul 28, 2015
    80
    Portraits' gorgeous, rhythmic grooves are enhanced by rich vocals, particularly from Holly Walker, pushing it into an even more languid space.
  2. Jul 6, 2015
    80
    It’s definitely not a ‘grower’, but you won’t love it for two minutes then leave it, either. Rather, it sits somewhere in between: impressively easy to like, refreshingly difficult to get tired of.
  3. Mojo
    Jul 6, 2015
    80
    An exercise in soulful, somnambulant alt-R&B with a distinctively British sound. [Jul 2015, p.91]
  4. Jul 6, 2015
    70
    Portraits is a successful attempt at an album steeped in tranquility that can also keep you moving.
  5. Jul 6, 2015
    70
    Portraits establishes Maribou State as an intriguing pair of sonic architects, capable of crafting intricate but not cluttered, blue but not depressing, emotive electronic pop music.
  6. Jul 6, 2015
    60
    Portraits resonates at a level of button-pushing sentimentality, but Maribou State are such deft directors of their sound, and so melodically gifted, that they still create moments of magic.
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  1. Oct 19, 2015
    8
    Electronic pop music at its very finest, the songs are beautifully crafted and the LP as a whole has an ethereal, yet lucid, mood throughout.Electronic pop music at its very finest, the songs are beautifully crafted and the LP as a whole has an ethereal, yet lucid, mood throughout. I highly recommend it. Expand