Hum - Inlet
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #127 / 675
User Score
Based on 178 ratings
2020 Ratings: #317
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June 23, 2020 / Release Date
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Earth Analog / Label
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 As dark and tonally blistering as anything they did in their early years, Inlet essentially finds Hum picking up where they left off in 1998.

Northern Transmissions

Despite its maximalist guitar texturing and extra-epic song lengths (half of its tracks sit above eight minutes), Inlet hardly wears out its welcome.

Under The Radar

The overall weight of Inlet isn’t out of character, and in a way it can be seen as a channeling of their own sound through some of the bands they have influenced over the years. Hum are now a prime example among the bands from their generation that have made good on unfinished business and shown there are different ways to have longevity in music.

To its general credit, this music doesn’t really belong to 2020, but neither is it a ‘90s time capsule: it’s a Hum record through and through, and its assurance as such is far more exciting than talk of timeframes, expectations or comebacks. Hum are right here.
Beats Per Minute

Here’s the real gut punch though: Inlet, the first Hum record in 22 years, is better than it has any right to be. In fact, it’s excellent. It’s what all reunion albums should strive to be. Inlet doesn’t necessarily play it safe, but Hum do play to their talents – while avoiding bizarre experimentation that has made other acts look like tourists in the towns they helped construct.

Spectrum Culture
It feels like a new blueprint for what a band “reunion” should look and feel like: one worth every moment of waiting, and created not because the band could make more music, but because they should.

What sets Inlet apart from its predecessors is not that it is heavier, more able to take advantage of hooky vocal melodies, more sonically adventurous or more organically produced — those dimensions were present on albums past. Inlet is not a powerful album because it does more. Inlet is powerful because it exudes grace.

The inscrutable shoegaze legends return with a towering reunion album, their first in 22 years. Unexpectedly, it is their most emotionally accessible music yet.
The Needle Drop
Returning after decades of studio album silence, Hum tries to reintroduce their classic sound with some added bells and whistles, but falls quite short.
HEY IDIOT! you cant sing and youre guitar is to loud!!!!!! HEY IDIOT CAN YOU HERE ME!??!!?!? Probably not becuase youre guitar is to loud
This is the most Hum album to ever hum the hum
the guitars sure are nice though
Really, an album of nice guitar tones and little else but sometimes that's enough.
20 years. How could you return 20 years later, and your sound is not only yours, instead you put still much more power on it. For us 20 years, for the sound of Matt Talbott and Hum, just the natural process for another amazing album. A man that has an studio and self produces things. That said in 2016 that has another album incoming. Return of death, at tuesday with the most powerful space rock album since downward is heavenward. Angry drums a bass that has all the fuckin power on it, and a ... read more
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Track List

  1. Waves
  2. In the Den
  3. Desert Rambler
  4. Step Into You
  5. The Summoning
  6. Cloud City
  7. Folding
  8. Shapeshifter
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Added on: June 23, 2020