• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Apr 3, 2020
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
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  1. Apr 9, 2020
    83
    A Western Circular is likely to remain a curiosity – but it deserves much more than that. Here we have a gleaming, respiring and perspiring ode to the joy and pain of life, the looming shadow of death – and the importance that it gives to our daily struggles. All of these ideas are packaged up in lovingly arranged and sung art-pop songs, which sound as breezy and warm as an evening sitting out on the seafront with some close friends.
  2. Apr 15, 2020
    80
    There’s the bones of at least three spin-off albums within its grooves. Yet, this constant shapeshifting means that there’s much to be discovered and loved here. Sounding different every time it’s played is the mark of a great achievement.
  3. Mojo
    Apr 7, 2020
    80
    It feels both strangely timeless and oddly new. [May 2020, p.93]
  4. Q Magazine
    Apr 7, 2020
    80
    Beautiful stuff. [Jun 2020, p.94]
  5. 80
    Archer took half a decade to make this record – no surprise, then, it makes for such a wonderfully unhurried listen.
  6. Apr 7, 2020
    70
    Easily his richest, most complex music to date, A Western Circular is where Archer reaches the sound he's been striving towards.

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