Native Speaker

Braids - Native Speaker
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2011 Ratings: #282 / 909
User Score
Based on 25 ratings
2011 Ratings: #98
January 18, 2011 / Release Date
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Kanine / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Drowned in Sound

The majority of Native Speaker’s most memorable moments are characterised by lapping four part harmonies and rich, roiling crescendos.

79
Pitchfork

There's constant motion, each layer pushing and prodding until they prop each other into something like stasis, its minimalist bent never drawing too much attention to how it's working really hard.

75
A.V. Club

Even when the songs struggle to find their end, Native Speaker remains a remarkably confident first outing.

70
Tiny Mix Tapes

The cynicism of their lyrics mirrors the wariness with which they approach traditional song structures.

70
No Ripcord

It doesn't help that each track sounds a bit like the track preceding it, but where that may be a bit of a problem, it's equally the case that the album is a cohesive unit.

70
Consequence of Sound

Braids are guided by the approaches their avant-pop inspirations take, rather than merely the sounds with their own distinct twist to them.

60
PopMatters

As solid and impressive as this debut is, it’s even better to think of it as a building block for a promising future.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#2/Cokemachineglow
#29/The Fly
#34/The Line of Best Fit

Track List

  1. Lemonade
  2. Plath Heart
  3. Glass Deers
  4. Native Speaker
  5. Lammicken
  6. Same Mum
  7. Little Hand
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