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Sun Structures

Temples - Sun Structures
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2014 Ratings: #295 / 845
User Score
Based on 235 ratings
2014 Ratings: #252
February 11, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

Perhaps unusually for an album these days, Sun Structures is a compelling listen throughout its 55 minutes, holding together perfectly as a whole with strong tracks dotted throughout. 

90
Exclaim!

While they can definitely be grouped with the other psychedelic bands of the moment — think a janglier version of Tame Impala with a touch of mysticism thrown in for good measure — they write catchy songs too.

80
The 405

If all 2014 psych releases are like this one, it's going to be one hell of a year.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Even though as one congealed blob it’s a rollicking rollercoaster to soundtrack your less legal vices, it can be hacked into meaty chunks and doled out with just as much success.

80
DIY

Whilst 'Sun Structures' blends together their debt to British folk and rock, Temples do it with a consistent and wonted stride.

80
The Skinny

Sun Structures sways and breathes with all the warmth and colour the name depicts, its dozen tracks proving a savvy synthesis of the influences they so transparently parade.

80
NME

The model lovechild of Jim Morrison, Marc Bolan, John Hassall and Timothy Leary, singer James Edward Bagshaw is a true cosmic dancer, but he’s no fool either, with one keen eye on dragging the psych revival chartward.

80
AllMusic

Sun Structures is an impressive debut that would be legendary now if it had been released in 1967; in 2014 it's merely the best psych pop around.

80
Under The Radar

Temples may not be about to win any awards for Most Groundbreaking Sound, but they channel their influences so skillfully, and have such a good ear for a melody, that it's almost impossible not to fall for them. A supremely confident and delightful debut. 

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Rather than trying to capture and update the 60s, Sun Structures just tries to be the 60s, which is great but by now you’d think we’d have made a little progress. It’s Tame Impala, without the weirdness or the forward movement.

70
No Ripcord

That widescreen ambition can be truly found in their carefully stitched together patchwork of sublime vibes; it’s unfortunate that those hypnotic swirls meld together with a vanilla finish. 

60
PopMatters

The songs here also have a tendency to become indistinguishable on repeat listens. But these faults can be ignored if the listener is in desperate need of classic psychedelia. 

55
Pitchfork

There is nothing here to absorb about psychedelic music that Temples haven't already absorbed for you, and without imparting their own ideas.

50
Drowned in Sound

Sun Structures is a record made with flair and skill by a band who know exactly what they’re doing - and that’s the problem. Temples are trying so hard to be something else that we lose track of who they actually are.

Blaze
83
This album has its strengths, becoming very pleasant
TipoOpositivo
90
Excelente estreia, surfando na onda do renascimento do rock psicodélico acrescentando também uma pequena dose de glam rock.
trinitySound
91
Incredible. Better than Tame Impala
holsgr
55
( ☆☆½ ) ambivalent, i don't feel fully connected with it.
wedanceonrepeat
90
Shelter Song - 8
Sun Structures - 10
The Golden Throne - 10
Keep in the Dark - 9
Mesmerise - 9
Move With the Season - 9
Colours to Life - 10
A Question Isn't Answered - 7
The Guesser - 9
Test of Time - 9
Sand Dance - 9
Fragment's Light - 9
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Year End Lists

#1/Rough Trade
#14/Amazon
#32/Clash
#32/MOJO
#36/Q Magazine
#44/Paste
#48/NME
#70/Under the Radar
#74/Uncut
/AllMusic

Track List

  1. Shelter Song
  2. Sun Structures 
  3. The Golden Throne
  4. Keep in the Dark 
  5. Mesmerise 
  6. Move With the Season
  7. Colours to Life
  8. A Question Isn't Answered
  9. The Guesser
  10. Test of Time
  11. Sand Dance
  12. Fragment's Light
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