Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring - Shrines
CRITIC SCORE
79
Based on 27 reviews
2012 Rank: #83 / 798
USER SCORE
79
Based on
177 ratings

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91
A.V. Club
Corin Roddick’s off-kilter instrumentals—warm washes of synths, chopped and pitch-shifted vocal samples, and skittish, hyperactive beats—envelope Megan James’ wistful coo to create a set of remarkable, accessible tunes.
90
NME

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

90
DIY
There hasn’t been an album this genuine, exciting and plain heartfelt since The XX’s debut – it seems inevitable that Purity Ring will go on to garner the same levels of recognition.
90
The Fly
It’s a record that effortlessly juxtaposes chopped up electronics and ghostly effects with James’ supersweet voice to create eleven strange but simple pleasures.
85
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

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

83
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

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

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

80
FACT Magazine

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

80
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

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

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

80
No Ripcord

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

80
The Skinny
This is glistening, perfect pop music with a vein of cold, dark intelligence running through it. Utterly enchanting.
80
The Line of Best Fit
What separates this from the pack though, is that this psycho little workout is delivered with a uniformity of sound, a clarity of intent and a bushel of bold choruses to match the sexualised trauma of Megan James’ bold, bright and brilliant lyrics.
75
The 405

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

70
AllMusic

As it stands, Shrines is a fine debut, full of lighter-than-air synth pop that manages to be dark, sparkling, innocent, and knowing all at once.

70
Spin

The contrast between Purity Ring's two halves is special and compelling, but Shrines goes over best when Roddick's reverent sound and James' lustful fury synchronize and break you off properly, womb-stem-style.

70
Resident Advisor

Shrines melds the blurry mesmerism of Tri Angle acts like Holy Other and Balam Acab with slow-pitched R&B reclines and the kind of artfully-constructed but spacious pop of 4AD's second phase heyday.

60
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.

60
Rolling Stone

That sense of distance permeates the music: dark, mutable, likably repetitive  synth whirr that recalls artfully creepy bands like the Knife.

60
Slant Magazine

Purity Ring is trying to do too much, and true to the less-is-more adage, the busier Shrines gets, the emptier it feels.

40
Tiny Mix Tapes
Catchy? Yes. Concerned with synthesis beyond reverb-leavened juxtaposition? Perhaps not.
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Tom Simmons
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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.
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
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DETAILS

July 24, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Last Gang / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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# 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 & 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
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