Not for me really
This was not what I was expecting. It's like an experiment gone wrong. "In cold blood" is the only song that stands out as being 'good'. At least I didn't pay for it full price. Too slow and not really interesting. I don't know what they were thinking.
My wife and I are HUGE fans of their first two albums and listen to them multiple times a week in their entirety around the house as part an always-on master playlist type of thing. Thse two albums are unique and special in an amazing way. As soon as this album came out we couldn't wait to add it to the playlist. We try and try to like this album, but it's like it's from a totally different band.I get progressing and trying something new, but this is a total departure from anything good. It's like they got some money from the label to do more, and lost their creative edge. Or they're just trying too hard now. Very sad.
By Ostrichy Rich
At first listen I was a little skeptical, as I thought it may be similar to their sophomore album, but it turns out to be so much more complex, beautiful, and fresh. I had to listen a few times before I was hooked, but now I love it about as much as the first album. It is a well produced, multi-layered group of songs which gives the listener something new and original. I would say the songs not released as singles are the better songs as well.
Brilliant. Don't listen to the negative reviews.
If you can't appreciate this album, you cannot appreciate the artists deep inner passion that it takes to create these sounds. I've been seeing so many negative reviews on this album with people thinking they are going to hear the same alt-j as the last album. Artists evolve into new sounds and take risks which is what makes them so brilliant. I guarantee you if you listen to this album with an open mind and not compare it to previous albums, you'll see the brilliance and evolution of alt-j. Xo.
If you're already into Alt-J, this album will not disappoint. And if you were a bit let down with Crack-Up (Fleet Foxes) this album may offer to heal some of those wounds. There are some touches of late-sixties psychedelic (i.e. Sid Barrett's Pink Floyd). Their simple rendition of House of The Rising Sun is phenomenal while reverent and sacredly concise. England is again delivering one of Her greatest exports...music.
Give it a chance
I hated it at first. But after listening straight through there's really only one song I dislike and most of the others are amazing. Delete "hit me like that snare" and it's a really strong album.
Better & Better
I luv this. Alt J seems to getting better and better with each release (du! are the spposed to getting worse and worse?!?)
In Cold Blood, my fav track, strikes me as mostly original although parts of it remind me of a James Bond theme and something from Jethro Tull's Aqualung although much updated.
I've been an avid listener of the beloved Alt-J since 2014. One of my all time favorite bands, each song delivers a unique vibe that you can enjoy, (even if you can't understand Joe w/o reading the lyrics as you go along :) Although An Awesome Wave is my favorite album by Alt-J, RELAXER has proven itself worthy of praise as well.
Listening to RELAXER for the first time was like easing your way into cold water. I bought the entire album without hesitation, and when I first dipped my toe into the pool, a slim feeling of regret was in the back of mind. I decided to just jump in, and realized how ignorant and impatient the people reviewing RELAXER are.
THIS IS A HECKING AMAZING ALBUM.
With the edge of An Awesome Wave and the sound of This is All Yours, RELAXER brings something new to the alternative table, and I have 0 regrets in my purchase. All I can say, is be patient; it's worth it.
Can I return the album?
3WW is a magical song. The rest of this album is uninspired crap. And then after they were done recording 5 crap songs to try and fill an EP, they decided to throw a cover in just to prove they have nothing more to say.....Should have just bought the single.
Some good songs, some bad; overall, not very cohesive.
iTunes' description of this album is idiotic. The "great British rock innovators" blow alt-J's third record out of the water. Radiohead's third album was the illustrious OK Computer, a fantastic record front to back. Even its b-sides were pretty great. OKC managed to get its point across, without the heavy-handed tactics of a true concept album. Meanwhile, alt-J's third full-length is the exact opposite of a concept album: a short, scatterbrained collection of tracks, with no connection other than a few lyrical motifs and general peculiarity. Don't get me wrong, it has some nice moments - Deadcrush and In Cold Blood are fun songs, and Adeline is absolutely beautiful - but, on the whole, RELAXER pales in comparison to the likes of Pink Floyd and Radiohead. By the way, I'm not trying to hate on alt-J. They're talented musicians - but, for the most part, you wouldn't learn that by listening to this album.