Shelter

Alcest - Shelter
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2014 Ratings: #35 / 845
User Score
Based on 125 ratings
2014 Ratings: #143
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.

Sappy
90
Top Favorite: Voix Sereines
Other Favorites: Away, Délivrance, La Nuit Marche Avec Moi
Least Favorite: L'Eveil Des Muses
exception
68
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.
Antonis
81
Midnight sleep's bright sun shelter.
Z.Younk
NR
Progressive dream pop more than it is "shoegaze", the French group Alcest showcases some powerful melodies and breakdowns. Setting it apart is not its poppy sound, paralleled by the dreamy vocals, but its stand-out tonality. Most shoegaze is the opposite, atmospheric in its noise that drowns out life. This album also sweeps the listener up into a haven of sound, but in the opposite way.
siberianbreaks
NR
While the sounds are beautiful and the elements of shoegaze is good, the songs felt bland in my opinion. The songwriting was pretty mediocre and it really made me appreciate the album less.

Favourite tracks: Opale, Délivrance, L'Eveil Des Muses, La Nuit Marche Avec Moi
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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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