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This Is All Yours

alt-J - This Is All Yours
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2014 Ratings: #511 / 845
Year End Rank: #33
User Score
Based on 319 ratings
2014 Ratings: #312
September 22, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Sputnikmusic

They're not focused on meeting or even exceeding our expectations, they're vying for intrinsically-sparked creativity and the inventiveness that follows suit. It may not be what fans of An Awesome Wave had originally wanted, but thank God it isn't.

85
Under The Radar

It takes off from the exact point where An Awesome Wave came to a close, with everything of the alt-J we know and love still there. Yet there is enough here to prove the British trio aren't a one trick pony, either. 

80
NME

‘This Is All Yours’ engulfs you like a deep forest. Alt-J Mk II, then: an impressive expansion, with hugely improved connectivity.

80
DIY

Behind every batshit idea is a wealth of beauty, and given this was the vital appeal of ‘An Awesome Wave’, Alt-J have struck gold second time round.

80
The 405

This Is All Yours feels more like a live construct, with less lunatic percussion and a lot of very pretty moments of introspection punctuated by their trademark toy chest Casio keyboards and some rockier numbers.

80
AllMusic

That penchant for edgy refinement, along with frontman Joe Newman's impossibly fluid voice, remains the band's most effective weapon, but it's hard to pinpoint where and when that magic occurs, as it's so effortlessly woven into the group's sound.

80
Rolling Stone

It's an ambling, entrancing listen – full of songs that blur weird folk and electronic zoinkiness, classical filigree and straight-up rock, scrambling in all directions as singer-guitarist Joe Newman sings in a pillowy Kid A warble. 

79
Paste

There is a deeply embedded sense of travel in that certain melodies or musical sounds will never repeat, thus the arrangements feel exploratory or impulsive.

70
Drowned in Sound

It’s more inventive than the work of 90 percent of young bands, but raises the question whether Alt-J are content to coat their songs with a thin veneer of different styles, or they want to explore more deeply, and if so: with what message?

70
musicOMH

This Is All Yours does not quite reach the level of An Awesome Wave. There are still several moments of brilliance ... but it is also found lacking when it comes to the overall end product.

70
PopMatters

The band’s best and weirdest moments arrive in the second half of This Is All Yours on successive tracks “Hunger of the Pine”, “Warm Foothills”, and “Gospel of John Hurt”.

70
American Songwriter

They’ve created the rare sort of album that manages to be both familiar and disorienting at the same time, an expansively cinematic experience that remains unpretentiously grounded.

67
Consequence of Sound

The fact that Alt-J seem to take themselves less than seriously, from their lyrics to their affinity for woodwinds and unexpected, delicate classical guitar ballads, makes this second record harmless at worst, and fascinating at best.

60
The Skinny

Far from any rested-upon laurels, This Is All Yours is a band looking its own hype in the eye, exhibiting both innovation and a continuity that is neither contrived nor rehashed.

60
Clash

From exhaustive touring, perhaps alt-J became so tired of their debut that they tried to write away from it, thus departing the schizophrenic unpredictability of ‘An Awesome Wave’, a quality this record quite drearily lacks.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

Much of it is overthought and over-processed, and the tone is wildly uneven, but I just can’t bring myself to hate it.

55
The Line of Best Fit

All that which is ours is certainly beautiful, but the lack of exigence—it is, when not eye roll inducing or serviceable, so damned boring!—causes it to be the pulchritude of statues or paintings, rather than the vibrating life which lit rock could obtain and should forever strive for.

40
Pitchfork

The issue with This Is All Yours has little to do with hype or unfair standards and everything to do with the album in question being really dull and tuneless—a frustrating development for those who still believe in alt-rock as an incubator for unfashionable and undeniably great bands.

exception
58
Yeah, I listen to weird little indie bands... you've probably never heard of any of them before.
Plats
79
While it feels a little inconsistent compared to their debut, "This Is All Yours" is still a very beautiful and poignant album that still works toward a lot of the strengths that alt-J still have.

Fav Tracks: Every Other Freckle, The Gospel Of John Hurt, Hunger Of The Pine, Warm Foothills, Bloodflood pt. II, Left Hand Free

Least Fav Track: Choice Kingdom

Score:
7.9
Very Good
tha138
59
Lost in the long corridors of inspiration, they sat down and watch the colours move around.
BonoLightier
70
Something's missing in this record.
Robinsongray
83
In the end, this is just a great album to listen. While it may not be making informed commentary on the state of society in 2014 or alluding to previous un-recognized genres or creating something never been heard before or commenting on feminism in America or anything else that will earn it high marks with the critics, I encourage you to put it on with a pair of headphones and play it loud (You'll be bopping your head the whole time).
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. Arrival In Nara
  3. Nara
  4. Every Other Freckle
  5. Left Hand Free
  6. ❦ Garden of England
  7. Choice Kingdom
  8. Hunger Of The Pine
  9. Warm Foothills
  10. The Gospel Of John Hurt
  11. Pusher
  12. Bloodflood pt.II
  13. Leaving Nara
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