- Afar

Ice Choir - Afar
CRITIC SCORE
67
Based on 7 reviews
2012 Rank: #581 / 881
USER SCORE
81
Based on
4 ratings

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80
Spin
Pains of Being Pure drummer gorgeously produces retro techno-pop with extra 3-D sheen, Keats-inspired lyric gush.
73
Pitchfork
The past isn't just on Feldman's mind-- it could be very well on his side, too.
70
AllMusic

Ice Choir, and Afar, could have easily played their love of '80s synthy pop as a joke, but they didn't and that makes the album a real treat for fans of the era.

70
No Ripcord

Far from being just another 80’s sounding record in a year full of 80’s sounding records, Afar manages to dive headlong into its influences and come up for air with its identity mostly intact.  But make no mistake, it does sound like an 80’s synth-pop record, just a more passionately justifiable one.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes
We might wonder how Keats’ line applies to revivalism itself: to what extent are the shambling hordes of back-from-the-grave genres “spoilt by use”?
50
PopMatters

There’s a lot to admire here, especially how authentic a lot of the synth textures are, but in the end unless one is really keen to the music of the ‘80s in its most unadulterated form, Afar will be a dangerously cheesy experience.

40
Consequence of Sound

The level of cliched borrowing on Ice Choir’s debut is high, and it lacks serious diversity. 

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Added on: June 23, 2012