James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2014 Ratings: #335 / 845
User Score
Based on 98 ratings
2014 Ratings: #230
January 14, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Vagrant, Believe / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

The music grows and shrinks over Post Tropical‘s course in a very natural way, and even though there’s an abundance of synthetic streaks, it always feels like a living, breathing beast as opposed to a nickel-plated automaton.

80
The 405

Whilst McMorrow's debut saw his vocals take precedence, Post Tropical finally sees the soundscape in which he chooses to frame it catching up and sitting alongside a truly remarkable and alluring vocal. An absolutely delightful way to spend 41 minutes and one you most certainly will not regret.

80
musicOMH

This time around, McMorrow experiments with instruments beyond guitar, and often this works in his favour, whether it is the harp gliss on The Lakes or melting rhodes on lead single Cavalier.

80
Spin

Both chilly and warm, soulful and soft, Post Tropical is an intricate ice sculpture of an album

80
AllMusic

Fans of James Blake's Overgrown and Bon Iver's self-titled second album should find this appealing, but this stands apart from both those records. It's not only smart, it's honest, emotionally and musically.

80
American Songwriter

The subtly alluring sounds that swirl throughout Post-Tropical aren’t worlds apart from those of McMorrow’s debut, when you really get down to it, but it’s a wonder how a few simple changes can feel so much more dramatic when applied a certain way.

80
Paste

Written, produced and performed entirely by McMorrow, Post Tropical is a breakthrough for the Irish artist. Haunting and heartening, the record is a powerful follow-up, that feels like just the beginning.

60
DIY

When you've had a degree of success with your debut it must be tempting to rush out a carbon copy but McMorrow has shaken off the folk singer with a guitar tag to give us an album pregnant with intrigue, creativity and diversity.

58
Consequence of Sound

Similar to the way that Early in the Morning became a positive addition to the full “beard rock” canon, Post Tropical is an intriguing and rewarding contribution to the alt R&B movement. 

CheapandLethal
75
Decent
JFulfy
93
Underrated! Very good overall, despite it being very similar throughout, his voice is mastered in this album. MASTERED. Incredible album, one of my go to repeated albums.

Fav Tracks; Cavalier, Red Dust, Gold, Post Tropical
siberianbreaks
NR
A pretty chill album to listen to. Reminds me too much of Bon Iver though from each listen.

Favourite tracks: Cavalier, Gold, Post Tropical, All Points
snarekickblues
70
Best Track: Cavalier, Gold, Post Tropical, or Glacier
Worst Track: All Points
Most Overrated Track: none
Most Underrated Track: The Lakes or Look Out
snowfall__
65
without wanting to be mean, this is pretty forgetable. not even the sweet falsett voice brings me back to this record. the album cover is great though.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#39/Amazon

Track List

  1. Cavalier
  2. The Lakes
  3. Red Dust
  4. Gold
  5. All Points
  6. Look Out
  7. Repeating
  8. Post Tropical
  9. Glacier
  10. Outside, Digging
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