Twin Shadow - Caer
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #567 / 722
User Score
Based on 53 ratings
2018 Ratings: #668
April 27, 2018 / Release Date
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Reprise / Label
Synthpop, New Wave / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Finally, in Caer, Lewis finds the clearest expression of the ideas he’s been chasing for almost a decade.

80
The Independent

On Caer, Lewis once again proves he can be a standout creative force while creating intimate songs that are universally relatable.

80
Loud and Quiet

Yes, it is like lots of music you’ve heard before, sort of, but this record manages to reference its influences without sounding either derivative or nostalgic. ‘Caer’ coheres as utterly it’s own thing – surprising, fun and tender in equal measure.

75
Northern Transmissions
For this latest LP Twin Shadow does their best to explore pop as something fun yet intriguing with as many fun moments as interesting ones. Despite some strong highs however, the album often feels too predictable or overtly experimental to give listeners something to grab onto consistently.
70
Drowned in Sound

While Caer stumbles over artifice at the gate, Twin Shadow eventually rebuilds a vibrant pallet to unload actual confessions that other lonely listeners can relate to.

67
GIGsoup
If you’re looking for the perfect album for driving alone at midnight on a highway while thinking you’re in a scene from the 2011 crime film ‘Drive’, Twin Shadow’s new album should be the soundtrack to that drive.
60
DIY

Despite the dominant feeling of melancholy, at times it sounds like a real triumph.

60
PopMatters

The album is too often bogged down by cheerless beats, painted in varying shades of beige. The songs that do catch fire are the ones that don't seem overburdened by a misguided sense of importance, instead given a little more room for the sparkling pop hooks that he has spent his career crafting.

50
Slant Magazine

While it employs similar genre tropes as previous Twin Shadow albums, Caer is more downcast and introspective.

50
Exclaim!

For a 13-track album, the majority is forgettable and doesn't live up to the colourful elements of Lewis's previous releases. The lack of energy on Caer leaves a longing for more originality and creativity he has once given us.

siberianbreaks
42
Not sure what's happened to this guy. Forget brought charm with its approach of applying the cheese of new romantic to 4AD's signature (to this decade), bedroom pop style. Ever since, it seems as if there have been confused attempts to appeal to a more commercial audience perhaps as some sort of contemporary to The Weeknd, except without the voice or any kind of standout presence to pull it off? This offers a bit more restraint in its introspective approach compared to the overblown Eclipse, ... read more
lemuriams
60
This is the most typical 6.8 album in Pitchfork history, and I will be surprised how much they will give a different rating.
nickfleece
50
Honestly this has some pretty cool textures going on, but the songwriting leaves a lot to be desired.

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gabbygee
75
changing my rating. 65 ---->75
haters, give this a second listen
TheBravesDH
70
A lot better than Eclipse, but far from the quality of his first two albums. If George had been making this in 1983, he could've been a superstar. As someone who has admittedly been a huge fan of his work, it's nice that he released an album I don't hate again even though I'm not sure how much of this I'll be coming back to down the road.
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Track List

  1. Brace (feat. Rainsford)
  2. Saturdays (feat. HAIM)
  3. Sympathy (feat. Rainsford)
  4. 18 Years
  5. Little Woman
  6. When You're Wrong
  7. Twins Theme (Interlude)
  8. Littlest Things
  9. Too Many Colors
  10. Rust (Interlude)
  11. Obvious People
  12. Runaway
  13. Bombs Away (RLP)
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