Shelter

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  • Artist(s): Neige, Winterhalter
  • Summary: The fourth release for the shoegaze band was produced by Birgir Jón Birgisson and features a guest appearance from Slowdive's Neil Halstead.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
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  1. Jan 17, 2014
    90
    It is the soundtrack to every want and desire, and every wish and memory--but most of all, it is simply beautiful.
  2. Jan 17, 2014
    90
    For now, Shelter is a phenomenal start along a new path.
  3. Jan 17, 2014
    90
    Though Alcest have left the majority of their metal signifiers behind, they've discovered another kind of heaviness via gorgeous, shimmering melodies.
  4. Jan 17, 2014
    80
    A typical shoegaze/post-rock album that, while beautifully constructed and breathlessly blissful, doesn’t recreate the same level of escapism for the listener that rendered Alcest’s past works so overwhelming and otherworldly.
  5. Kerrang!
    Jan 28, 2014
    80
    Shelter is the first great album of 2014. [18 Jan 2014, p.52]
  6. Jan 22, 2014
    80
    If you can’t conceptually get behind the concept of a metal kid giving up noise for beauty, you’re probably not going to like the record. Otherwise, check it out. It’s lovely.
  7. Jan 24, 2014
    40
    With Shelter, Alcest have abandoned bracing storm bursts, leaving a too monotonous calm.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Dec 26, 2014
    9
    Alcest have been pretty big in the blackgaze scene for a while now. Out of nowhere, in 2014, Neige decides to give us a complete shoegazeAlcest have been pretty big in the blackgaze scene for a while now. Out of nowhere, in 2014, Neige decides to give us a complete shoegaze album. This shouldn't be a huge surprise, though, because Neige has been using some shoegaze aspects in his music for some time. This album is simply magic. It more than likely won't stick upon first listen but after 2 or 3, you'll be hooked. The songs are soaked in a gorgeous hazy atmosphere. Album is completely underrated because some people on here can't seem to move along from the fact that Neige wanted to do something different this time. For what it is, it's an incredible shoegaze album that shouldn't be overlooked. Check this out and let the magic take you over. Cheers! Expand
  2. Jan 22, 2014
    9
    This album flat our rocks. It is the best shoegaze-ish album I have heard in a long time. There are two tracks that stand out (one of which isThis album flat our rocks. It is the best shoegaze-ish album I have heard in a long time. There are two tracks that stand out (one of which is the title track) but all of the tracks are a pretty good listen. Since its shoegaze, this is an album you will most likely want to listen when you need music to be going for half an hour or so. Expand
  3. Apr 23, 2014
    2
    A full out shoe-gaze record finally from this group, finally. No more of the black metal influences anymore. Very light on the ears and veryA full out shoe-gaze record finally from this group, finally. No more of the black metal influences anymore. Very light on the ears and very ethereal, but it's absolutely boring as hell. It's like listening to a MBV or Slow Dive record, where they were forced only to use reverb to make songs. The melodies are almost non existent, or i just flat out forgot them. Hugely underwhelming vocals to boot. This record is basically what adult contemporary shoe-gaze would sound like. Not pretty or sweet, but entirely boring and not memorable. Expand