Alcest - Shelter
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2014 Ratings: #101 / 964
User Score
Based on 162 ratings
2014 Ratings: #132
Liked by 3 people
January 21, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Prophecy / Label
Shoegaze / Genres
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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.


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. 


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

Consequence of Sound

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


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.


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.


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.

Alcest always focused more on the shoegaze, rather than the black metal sides of blackgaze, but on Shelter they basically make a straight up shoegaze album. This wouldn't normally be a big deal, but the problem is that on Alcest's other records, they didn't have any of the beauty, the interesting textures, or the vocals to do shoegaze. Instead of improving upon those weaknesses though, Alcest continues to make music without any guitar effects, lifeless singing, no elegance, ane this time they ... read more
It would be so much better if Dèliverance and Into the Waves were swapped in the tracklist, but I despise Into the Waves as a closer. Dèliverance was such a good finish :(
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
There was some kind of kick to this album that was missing. All the aspects of a solid dream pop project were there, but I was still extremely underwhelmed with Shelter. Too little variation between tracks, and a lack of emotion in any of the vocals.
01. ★★★☆☆ Wings
02. ★★★★☆ Opale
03. ★★★★★ La nuit marche avec moi
04. ★★★★☆ Voix sereine
05. ★★★★☆ L'éveil des muses
06. ★★★★☆ Shelter
07. ★★★★☆ Away
08. ★★★★★ Délivrance
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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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Added on: December 30, 2013