- Record Label: Cooking Vinyl
- Release Date: Jan 20, 2023
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Jan 20, 2023A brew of sinister synth waves nearly stagnates where we want it to cascade, and harmonies twine around one another where we want them to soar into anthems. In short, a potential blaze delivers a fizzle.
Jan 18, 2023At its best, Time's Arrow is mystical but commanding, with electric synthscapes pulling you deeper inward. However, at times the sonic landscape they’ve created risks suffocation, leaving little room for manoeuvre between one song to the next – a lighter touch in areas could stand to draw out more subtle nuances and make for a more compelling journey overall.
Awards & Rankings
Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings
User score distribution:
Positive: 6 out of 8
Mixed: 1 out of 8
Negative: 1 out of 8
Jan 23, 2023Agreeing with most reviews. It’s about 7 of 10. The first half of album is a 9, the second half not so much. Marnie, although I love herAgreeing with most reviews. It’s about 7 of 10. The first half of album is a 9, the second half not so much. Marnie, although I love her music and style independently, has her fingerprints as a solo act on too much, particularly side B. Some of this feels like a Marnie album, which would have been great for a Marnie album. This all being said, it’s a fine piece of work.… Full Review »
Jan 23, 2023this feels like an autopilot album for ladytron, other than the occasional electrifying highlight (the night, faces). some songs however feelthis feels like an autopilot album for ladytron, other than the occasional electrifying highlight (the night, faces). some songs however feel like they're too closely channeling other artists - misery remember me sounds like a blend of chvrches-esque vocal manipulation partnered with a fleetwood mac melody and we never went away bears jarring similarity to pet shop boys. the bigger issue here though is that most of these tracks don't do enough to make you sit up and listen.… Full Review »
Jan 22, 2023Fantastic album! It's perhaps less immediate and more of a slow grower than some of their work, so give it a bit of time – at least 3 to 4Fantastic album! It's perhaps less immediate and more of a slow grower than some of their work, so give it a bit of time – at least 3 to 4 full listens – before making snap judgements. Once the hooks sink in, it's a pretty dazzling set! The standout track for me right now is definitely California...love that it incorporates a nod to the Joni classic of the same name in its chorus, and sort of flips the earnest sentiment of the former on its head with a dark, clever lyrical twist...some awesome guitar work as well! Yes, there is a cinematic feel to it in places (a good thing in my book), and with the mixing they were clearly looking to capture an early 80's warm analogue tape sound. It's also a very wet with generous reverb, which pairs up nicely with the overall mix. I dig the sonic vibe they were going for, and I'm really enjoying the result! Glad they're still driven to try new things with each album. Previous reviewer projects his view that this album is "most definitely not for traditional music enjoyment". What is traditional music enjoyment? Sounds like a drag.… Full Review »