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another eternity

Purity Ring - another eternity
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2015 Ratings: #535 / 772
User Score
Based on 289 ratings
2015 Ratings: #433
March 3, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Paste
It’s enough of a creative leap to perhaps usher in more copycats, but Purity Ring again checks in first.
80
AllMusic

Another Eternity remains true to what makes Purity Ring special by refining it, and proves that they can challenge themselves and deliver their most accessible work yet.

80
Exclaim!
Strangely familiar, yet still a major leap forward, there's a nice pop sheen that sells the record without losing the idiosyncratic production that drew listeners to the duo in the first place.
80
PopMatters

Another Eternity is the best case scenario for fans of the first album, providing more of what James and Roddick excel at, but intensified and refined. It’s one step closer to pop perfection.

80
Clash

With more revealed in every listen, 'Another Eternity' shows that there's much more to Purity Ring than initially meets the eye.

80
Billboard

A collection of aggressively polyglot dance pop you wouldn't be surprised to find on Taylor Swift's iPod.

80
NOW Magazine

The minimalist, jittery electronic pop of Shrines has evolved and matured, mostly thanks to Roddick's bombastic take on trance and hip-hop ... James's vocals are as ethereal as ever yet also expand beyond her saccharine-laced tendencies to sultry pop-star tones.

75
Consequence of Sound
Light and pleasing to the ear, it’s an easy pop dose unless you choose to pay close attention to the lyrics. Then it becomes one of the most wrenching listens of the year.
70
NME

‘Another Eternity’ is a far more mainstream-sounding album than their 2012 debut ‘Shrines’, but it’s also rooted in sounds from the underground.

70
Drowned in Sound
This brooding, almost gothic feel is the key to this album’s success, and proves that Purity Ring are far more complex than their surface lacquer of innocence may have led us believe.
70
Slant Magazine
Producer Corin Roddick's tinny percussive loops, pitch-shifted vocal samples, and bass drones continue to make a fine pairing with singer Megan James's deceptively unassuming vocals.
70
Rolling Stone
Producer Corin Roddick crafts stark tracks that find a middle ground between lustrous synth pop and the plush, cavernous hip-hop of hot producers like Mike Will Made It — a sound that's perfectly suited to James' sensual, unburdening lyrics.
70
FasterLouder

Had they completely abandoned the weirdness that defined Shrines in favour of flat out pop, Another Eternity would have vanished without a trace into the vacuum of poor second albums. But repeated listens unearth the buried treasure on the record.

67
A.V. Club

The result is Another Eternity, a solid but uneven album and a worthy successor to Shines, but also a victim of the sophomore slump.

67
Pretty Much Amazing
The beats are meticulous, the drops colossal, but the album fails to envelop its listeners as completely.
66
Pitchfork

It's difficult to tell when another eternity builds on Shrines and when Shrines is being stripped for parts.

65
Under The Radar

This feels like little more than a competent game of catch-up for three years away, with Purity Ring now following in the footsteps of others, in a genre where they once led the pack. 

60
The Line of Best Fit

It is, most simply put, an overthought record. And at its worst, another eternity unfortunately struggles to distance itself from the post-EDM wasteland of FM pop.

60
DIY
After a debut that spent much of its time slinking like crawlers out in the shadows, it’s intriguing - if slightly disconcerting - to see Purity Ring in a warmer light.
60
Complex
Since 2012, pop music has gradually remade itself in Purity Ring's sonic mold, and Corin Roddick's production is no longer so innovative or novel in the grand scheme.
60
Spin
The problem is that the ten songs are so busy in their productions but so hermetically sealed in their pop formalness that they eventually end up feeling claustrophobic and ultimately redundant.
60
Loud and Quiet

For all its pop production savvy, it rarely has the songs to back it up.

55
The 405

This maximalist approach to Another Eternity feels indirect and arbitrary, like a child bashing away at his favourite sounds on a toy keyboard.

50
musicOMH

It’s not that Purity Ring have gone backwards, it’s just that in the future they predicted they look slightly less interesting and, in trying to come to terms with that, Another Eternity ends up falling between two stools.

40
The Skinny

Where Shrines felt grounded, reeking with earthy unease, Another Eternity’s more procedural compositions form a sugar-frosted fortress in the clouds. And it suffers for it.

40
The Guardian

In replacing their alien atmospheres with something a little more immediate, they’ve lost what was initially inviting to those other artists: they were outsiders, capable of great oddities and darkness.

Z.Younk
61
While texturally and conceptually a solid follow-up to the breathtaking debut, "Shrines", "Another Eternity" falls devestatingly short. The sound is of a production with less depth, less experimentalism, and vastly more mainstream. As Synthpop and Inditronica become so copious that the genre is basically the new generation's adult-contemporary, its harder for once-prolific bands such as Phantogram, Little Dragon and Purity Ring to stay relevant. In trying for hits, Megan ... read more
Felipe
90
The first great album of the year. They did it again. Another Eternity is as rich as Shrines. Although it has a more mature approach.

The lyrics, the sound... Another wonderful work by the canadian kids.
NR
A better, cleaner through-listen than shrines.
thegeecyproject
80
Thank you, @mj04. Very cool!

Another Eternity has noticeably brighter and poppier production compared to the haunting atmosphere created by the instrumentals on Shrines. However, it plays to the group’s strengths and makes for a more enjoyable listen.

Highlights: Heartsigh, Bodyache, Stranger Than Earth, Begin Again, Flood On The Floor
mj04
100
A timeless masterpiece! with nothing come even close to it from this genre, and yes for me it's way better than Shrines too. It's unbelievable how every song is like a highlight (most albums I listened to have like 3 or 4 standouts and the rest reach between good and ok). Every chorus, every verse and every beat get stuck in your head. Everything sits and works flawlessly, the attention to the detail is outstanding.
Though Shrines might be more "unique" sounding but it has nowhere ... read more
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#16/Slant Magazine
#39/Variance
#44/Paste
#87/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. heartsigh
  2. bodyache
  3. push pull
  4. repetition
  5. stranger than earth
  6. begin again
  7. dust hymn
  8. flood on the floor
  9. sea castle
  10. stillness in woe
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