Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring - Shrines
CRITIC SCORE
79
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Rank: #86 / 657
USER SCORE
80
Based on
131 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
NME
NME

‘Shrines’ is a euphoric treat in its own right, made all the more thrilling by its heady potential. 

85
Beats Per Minute
Beats Per Minute

Shrines often operates like a series of paintings, each of its pieces a variation on a theme, the full breadth of the artist’s vision only realized within the context of the whole.

84
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

Shrines is not about range, instead offering subtly different versions of a single, near-perfect idea.

83
Pretty Much Amazing
Pretty Much Amazing

Shrines is sure to solidify its fan base while not necessarily changing the minds of those that had written them off.

82
Paste
Paste

There are some moments on Shrines where Purity Ring falls back on some of witch-house’s less-lovely tendencies, but those moments are entirely forgivable, given the totality of vision and the strength of execution throughout the rest of the record.

80
musicOMH
musicOMH

Ignore the undertones of James' lyrics and you'll find an album that provides a fair few moments of pop brilliance.

80
FACT Magazine
FACT Magazine

Without compromising their rustic, Grimm fairytale undertone, they’ve turned in a chromed, hi-tech pop album.

80
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

Shrines isn’t trying to capitalize on some moment where rapid hi-hats and deep bass mix with dream-pop vocals; it manipulates two elements to make something malleable, elusive, sexual.

80
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

There is something so deft about this LP that you can’t help but feel that it is more than merely a by-product of its kooky genesis.

80
Under The Radar
Under The Radar

The record largely blurs together into a gloriously inscrutable haze, but certain songs resonate as sundry, singular experiences.

80
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

Purity Ring has crafted an album in Shrines that stands head and shoulders above the works of their peers.

75
The 405
The 405

Shrines isn't perfect, but it's a bold debut and one that hints of potential greatness to come.

60
PopMatters
PopMatters

Shrines holds skyward a handful of some of the finest offerings Planet Pop can muster in 2012, yet as an “album experience” it ultimately fails to merit a new religion.

User Reviews
DefSky
76
" Let it seep through your sockets and ears Into your precious ruptured skull Let it seep let it keep you from us Patiently heal you Patiently unreel you " Purity Ring

NR
Purity Ring has proved that they can deliver on a per song basis the same mystical cerebral techno vibe that's expected from them.

JustinSlick
88
Love this album... squarely in my top 5 right now.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: July 24, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: 4AD / Last Gang
GENRE: Experimental
WEBSITE: purityringsongs.com
TAGS
END OF YEAR LISTS
# 21 - Beats Per Minute
# 47 - Cokemachineglow
# 28 - Consequence of Sound
# 21 - DIY
# 41 - Exclaim!
# 46 - FACT Magazine
# 25 - Gigwise
# 50 - NME
# 37 - No Ripcord
# 46 - Pazz and Jop
# 24 - Pitchfork
# 71 - PopMatters
# 9 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 41 - SPIN
# 23 - Spinner
# 29 - Stereogum
# 15 - The Fly
# 30 - The Line of Best Fit
# 24 - Time Out London
# 25 - Under the Radar
MISC LISTS
# 14 - Pitchfork Readers
# 14 - Urban Outfitters
Track List
  1. Crawlersout 
  2. Fineshrine 
  3. Ungirthed 
  4. Amenamy 
  5. Grandloves 
  6. Cartographist 
  7. Belispeak 
  8. Saltkin 
  9. Obedear 
  10. Lofticries 11 Shuck
Contributions By
royalflush, thisisabtlgrnd, patton
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Added on: April 24, 2012