Gallipoli

Beirut - Gallipoli
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2019 Ratings: #42 / 63
User Score
Based on 168 ratings
2019 Ratings: #50
February 1, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

Galipolli is the sound of one of our most talented musicians rediscovering his love for what he was born to do.

80
Loud and Quiet

‘Gallipoli’ is transportive in the wistful way Beirut have made their own these last 15 years. And it’s that ear for the culturally evocative that sets a familiarly elegant tone for the album.

80
Under The Radar

Gallipoli is swooningly gorgeous and rich with offerings we've come to love about Condon.

80
PopMatters

On Gallipoli, Beirut bridges indie music with traditional world music elements, creating a work of somber beauty.

80
AllMusic

Where Gallipoli differs from its predecessor is in its level of vibrancy.

80
Spectrum Culture

Gallipoli is a mature work, a feat for an artist already so adept at making music born out of steeping oneself in their sonic passions.

80
NME

Threaded through with head honcho Zach Condon’s musical adventurousness, Beiruit’s latest outing is lit up by luminous hooks, at times feeling like a victory lap for all that the band has achieved.

80
Rolling Stone

Condon’s built an entire world with globetrotting horn charts at or near the heart, and Gallipoli revisits it with some of his most emotive songwriting and singing.

80
Uncut

Gallipoli is the most acoustically rich Beirut album to date, with studio buzz and random dissonance deployed as musical texture more than ever before.

75
Northern Transmissions

While this new album hits the mark for ambition and making a cohesive record, Beirut rarely feel like they have crafted full or even distinct songs within it.

70
Clash

It’s not a particularly groundbreaking Beirut album, but it is certainly a beautiful Beirut album.

70
The 405

A record that gloriously harkens to Beirut’s heyday, Gallipoli, once again sees the band fully immerse its listeners inside a particular time and place that radiates European glitz and glamour.

70
FLOOD Magazine

Armed with his Farfisa, his torrid voice, and his Technicolor arrangements, Condon has truly made his most adult listening effort to date.

66
Pitchfork

Gallipoli doesn’t really break any new ground, but consistency works in Condon’s favor here. Beirut’s fifth album goes down about as smoothly as vanilla soft-serve in the middle of summer.

60
Exclaim!

These throwaways make the ten-song album feel low on substantial ideas: there's enough material here for a solid EP, but it's rather thin for a full-length. Still, as a modestly enjoyable throwback to 2006, it gets the job done.

60
The Guardian

The soft-rock moods of 2015’s No No No are pared back slightly, with the scratchier production of their earlier work brought back in, resulting in the Beirutiest Beirut album yet.

60
Crack Magazine

It’s occasionally scattershot, but Gallipoli provides clear evidence that Condon has married past and present, locking back into a creative groove.

60
DIY

There’s a gorgeous familiarity to the record, but it’s also one peppered with adventure.

59
Paste

An incredibly inoffensive album, one that’s perfectly lovely without offering any striking new ideas or features that make it memorable.

40
The Needle Drop

Gallipoli lacks the romance and wonder that made Beirut great in the first place.

40
Sputnikmusic

Gallipoli replaces the wide-eyed wonderment of other times and places with a cynical twee tableau.

zachthesnack
79
Wtf guys, this was super dope

THOSE FUCKING TRUMPETS THOOOOO

The subtle implementation of a wide variety of instruments such as Trumpets and Drums really added to the atmosphere of this album. Zach's vocals were wonderful and sweet and everything just came together super smoothly. It almost felt like I was listening to a film score at times because of how majestic and jazzy the production was.

Really solid addition to the Beirut discography, my favorite record that I have heard from the ... read more
dearsongs
71
I've recently been spending some time with (the imo under-rated) "The Rip Tide", so when I heard the lead single/title track to this new album my expectations grew. Unfortunately I don't find the rest of the album matches the urgency found on Gallipoli. While I like the 2 singles, the lead track, and the two instrumentals, I find the rest to be various levels of just okay. Disappointed overall, but hoping over time it might click more than it does currently.
dlspslb
55
I think there's some beautiful moments here. Besides that, the production is bad and there isn't anything that makes me want to replay it...
KengojiUltamYT
40
Gallipoli is the same song over and over again

Best Tracks: When I Die,Corfu,Landslide,Family Curse
Worst Track: On Mainau Island
Plats
87
Damn this is good! The production is great, the vocals are sweet and soothing and the instrumentation is just wonderful! Overall, "Gallipoli" is probably gonna be one of the more underrated releases of the year, but you should definitely check this out.

Fav Tracks: Gallipoli, Family Curse, Landslide, When I Die, On Mainau Island, Light in the Atoll, We Never Lived Here

Least Fav Track: Gauze für Zah

Score:
8.7
Exceptional
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Track List

  1. When I Die
  2. Gallipoli
  3. Varieties of Exile
  4. On Mainau Island
  5. I Giardini
  6. Gauze für Zah
  7. Corfu
  8. Landslide
  9. Family Curse
  10. Light in the Atoll
  11. We Never Lived Here
  12. Fin
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