By COS 71
Truly original and creative!
Not bad, just disappointing
I absolutely adore Alt-J's other two albums. This one doesn't reach their beauty, although it comes close. It just doesn't resonate with me the way An Awesome Wave and This is All Yours does - it's a bit rawer and harder. There's a qualiy missing from it that is present in the other two albums, and that quality is what makes me love Alt-J. I know I'm not making too much sense, but I don't know the words to describe the feeling.
Alt-J, you've tried too hard. This doesn't feel natural. Take your time boys.
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.