The Moon Rang Like A Bell

Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like A Bell
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2014 Ratings: #166 / 845
User Score
Based on 132 ratings
2014 Ratings: #64
May 27, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

Rather than doling out hooks, direction and depth through intricate flurries of conjoined instrumentation like its predecessor, The Moon Rang Like a Bell focuses on a simpler formula, allowing docile verses to develop and capsize with big swells of tension and triumph.

83
Pitchfork

Hundred Waters thrive in the place where post-rock meets freak folk, and sing-song melodies are twisted into strange shapes by circuitry.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

On The Moon Rang Like a Bell, Hundred Waters offers an album of quiet moments of subtlety juxtaposed with crashing waves of desperation.

80
musicOMH

The Moon Rang Like A Bell is a triple-jump forwards for Hundred Waters. They’ve dislodged the suffocating tag of folktronica, and are dominating a sonic rivulet they can call their own – though they share similarities with other acts, they never feel derivative.

80
AllMusic

Though best taken as a whole spectrum of sonic possibilities, every song offers a different set of highlights, from the wide-eyed pop of "Xtalk" to the dark looming tension of "Cavity."

75
Consequence of Sound

As these emotional characters change form through some of the album’s tracks, Hundred Waters establishes an underpinning of ephemerality, a world where a temporary atmosphere exists simultaneously with feeling.

70
No Ripcord

Despite the uncontrollable urge Hundred Waters have to cram in too much of their creative energy, they surely have the prowess to write an ornate pop record that puzzles out through well-crafted scrutiny. 

70
PopMatters

The Moon Rang Like a Bell is a document and a product that might leave you alternately breathless and bewildered, but it is a generally likeable outing.

60
The 405

The Moon Rang Like A Bell starts off with captivating momentum, a potential to take you on a whimsical, emotional journey. But along the way it seems to have sacrificed that sense of purity first apparent in its experimentation. 

65
This is a bit frustrating because I almost really like "The Moon Rang Like A Bell," but it seems determined to stifle some of the traits I find appealing about it. There's a lot of beauty here, especially in the crystal clear and pure vocals. But the production struck me as a bit too fussy, in an overcompensatory effort to avoid a more conventional, Portishead-aping trip hop style. The overcomplicated arrangements then blended together, to an extent that each song was not individually ... read more
StellaTheDiver
80
Citric synths and peachy vocals.
Z.Younk
65
A haunting dream of electronic folk and post-rock, all immersive and so melodic that by the end of the LP the swelling wave of sound will engross you.
tha138
83
Taking a step further, the duo uses the production to underline the emotional aspect of their music.
Gentle, sensual and dreamy it could make Bjork so jealous.
87
Very few albums this year has really been able to hold my attention. This caught my ear. Love the sparse beginning to this album with the mix of off beat rhythms in 'Murmurs' and 'Cavity'. Not a extremely ambitious album but definitely worth some praise.
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Track List

  1. Show Me Love
  2. Murmurs
  3. Cavity
  4. Out Alee
  5. Innocent
  6. Broken Blue
  7. Chambers (Passing Train)
  8. Down From The Rafters
  9. [Animal]
  10. Seven White Horses
  11. Xtalk
  12. No Sound
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