Shelter

Alcest - Shelter
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2014 Ratings: #40 / 845
User Score
Based on 145 ratings
2014 Ratings: #175
January 21, 2014 / Release Date
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Prophecy / Label
Shoegaze / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Sputnikmusic

Shelter resounds with a vibrant glow. Where prior Alcest records were at their roots mostly somber affairs, Shelter is awash in a virginal innocence that permeates every note with a rapturous warmth.

90
musicOMH

There’s a little post-rock influence here and there, but Shelter is essentially an attempt to move the Alcest sound (which had remained fairly static of late) forward, or at least sideways, and pay respects to the likes of Slowdive, Ride and My Bloody Valentine. 

90
Exclaim!

Though Alcest have left the majority of their metal signifiers behind, they've discovered another kind of heaviness via gorgeous, shimmering melodies.

83
Consequence of Sound

The whole thing soars like a mushroom cloud, and also its stupefying beauty might bring to mind a formative shrooms experience. 

80
PopMatters

What you hold in your hand is a typical shoegaze/post-rock album that, while beautifully constructed and breathlessly blissful, doesn’t recreate the same level of escapism for the listener that rendered Alcest’s past works so overwhelming and otherworldly.

70
AllMusic

It's a gorgeous-sounding record, almost perfectly paced and balanced. Even in its self-conscious worship of shoegaze it could easily become a late addition in that genre's canon. Shelter is expertly crafted, inspired, vulnerable, and honest.

66
Pitchfork

The French outfit’s fourth full-length is a statement of soft-spoken apostasy that’s unflinching in its resolve. And somewhat less than stellar in its execution.

EdFruscley
85
At first it seemed to me very lame, but after voix sereine fuck! Maybe brighter than the 2012 album in some parts, the reverb is something brutal, the simple things that become the counterpoint in something deep the voice piano in background is like go to the beach and walk to the shore seeing the sky, or a fucking wide landscape. The portrait is perfect fit for the concept, I've been gratefully amazed
illusionist
71
Shelter proves that the blackgaze/metal aspect was never what made Alcest special. Instead, it's Neige special gift for dreamy, majestic soundscapes and melodies that touch your soul like a beam of sunlight to the cheeks. This album is no exception. All traces of metallic texture are absent, but that same essential Alcest spirit remains. As such, I can have no qualms about the new direction.

This is a very soothing album - one you can get lost in. Perfect music to listen to in bed at night ... read more
GABRIELinHELL
70
Good
AndrewK
88
Definition of ethereal. Every single track here is great. How rare is that?
gas_souza
76
Wings - 70
Opale - 80
La Nuit Marche Avec Moi - 80
Voix Sereines - 75
L'Eveil Des Muses - 75
Shelter - 75
Away - 75
Délivrance - 75
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Track List

  1. Wings
  2. Opale
  3. La Nuit Marche Avec Moi
  4. Voix Sereines
  5. L'Eveil Des Muses
  6. Shelter
  7. Away
  8. Délivrance
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