Twin Shadow - Eclipse
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2015 Ratings: #718 / 770
User Score
Based on 83 ratings
2015 Ratings: #493
March 17, 2015 / Release Date
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Warner Bros. / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Spin
The quivering intimacy of Shadow's best songs is more palpable here than ever, but rather than engineer the LP for the bedroom, Lewis plays it to ring out from the rooftops.
80
Paste
The resulting album comes across as a natural progression, with Lewis and his Twin Shadow project reaching big and not disappointing in their grasp.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Eclipse is not a record for everyone, and Twin Shadow’s older fans probably are justified in their dismissals. But in terms of emotional texture, Eclipse represents a return to form, after Confess’s brittle kiss and tell.

70
PopMatters

The occasional misstep aside, Eclipse is the sound of Lewis Jr. defying labels, flipping the bird at his detractors, and laughing all the way to the bank.

70
AllMusic

Though it may not be quite as consistent as Forget or Confess, Eclipse still reflects Twin Shadow's dedication to atmosphere and hooks in engaging ways.

67
Consequence of Sound

While Confess is an exercise in efficiency, Eclipse wears itself thin.

65
Under The Radar

Overall it's a triumph, but one can't help but anticipate what he'll do next, if nothing else because Eclipse plays it a little safe.

60
Exclaim!

Eclipse finds the singer shoehorning himself into an awkward space between the Weeknd and any number of faceless pop-rock groups like One Republic or Maroon 5.

60
musicOMH

On Eclipse, Twin Shadow hasn’t completely lost the plot – scattered across the album are some nice little melodic turns. But while his debut album sounded wonderfully effortless, this one feels effortful in the worst possible way.

60
Rolling Stone

At its best, though, Eclipse is an album that's self-assured and unrestrained.

60
Billboard

Eclipse unveils itself less coyly than previous Twin Shadow albums, and sounds more brashly contemporary. But it hazards turning generic in the process.

60
DIY

Considering how much Twin Shadow excels as a project of pristine, highly addictive pop bangers, ‘Eclipse’ falls flat too often.

50
Slant Magazine

Eclipse is at times a desperate album, frantic to show off the limits of emotional and musical turbulence it's capable of reaching, and so the remaining glimmers of restrained cool lingering from Lewis's dominant influences are further diminished.

50
Drowned in Sound

Eclipse blacks out nuance of every kind, resulting in a record which achieves its ambitions for sheer, bludgeoning vastness, but falls down on actually engaging the listener in simpler, more relatable ways.

49
Pitchfork

The trouble with big leaps is that they can come with precipitous drop-offs, and on Eclipse Lewis plummets, hard, into a valley of deep ridiculousness.

33
Pretty Much Amazing
Eclipse sounds lab-engineered to achieve the kind of sound critics tend to call “cinematic,” but it comes off like more of a made-for-cable retread of a Beyonce power ballad.
30
No Ripcord
While not everything here is awful, the good is often streaked throughout each song like marbled fat in a rubber steak.
30
Loud and Quiet

George Lewis Jr’s third album as Twin Shadow manages to sound dated to two entirely different eras, while doing neither much justice.

TheBravesDH
40
Oof! Yikes! Huge misstep.
10
This is what selling out sounds like
Ivoryghost
30
I never want to hear this album again. What happened, Mr Shadow?
lerkenfeldt
59
Very disappointing indeed. Seems as if Lewis has fallen in love with the thought of himself being some sort of George Michael like figure.

Favorite moments: To The Top, Alone.
siberianbreaks
NR
Wow, what happened here? Pretty much no song even gives me desire to come back to this cheese fest. Good job with the production though.

Favourite tracks: I'm Ready
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#18/Time Out New York

Track List

  1. Flatliners
  2. When The Lights Turn Out
  3. To The Top
  4. Alone [Feat. Lily Elise]
  5. Eclipse
  6. Turn Me Up
  7. I’m Ready
  8. Old Love/New Love [Feat. D’Angelo Lacy]
  9. Half Life
  10. Watch Me Go
  11. Locked & Loaded
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