Born Under Saturn

Django Django - Born Under Saturn
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2015 Ratings: #345 / 772
User Score
Based on 102 ratings
2015 Ratings: #354
May 5, 2015 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Every click and stomp has hip-shaking purpose. Bells, whistles, brass, choral backing vocals – Born Under Saturn’s got it all, and knows how to work it. 

82
Paste

They’ve perfected their process of chemical precision: the fluids in their beakers impressively explode only to settle as the cure for sonic malaise. You’ll bop your head the first time and admire this record’s lasting impact for many listens after it.

80
musicOMH
From start to finish, it is an album that is noticeably more confident in its execution, while also retaining all the familiar qualities that made their debut so infectious.
80
Under The Radar

Born Under Saturn, could easily pass as a second disc to a Django Django double LP. Their sound hasn't been updated, not that it needs to be, and the format they established is untouched with a few exceptions.

80
DIY

‘Born Under Saturn’ is a record so vivid it threatens to become visual. Never mind the eclipse - crowds will gaze up in wonder at Django Django. 

80
AllMusic

There are no outright clunkers in the mix, but a light trim would have further distilled the power of this excellent sophomore release.

80
Exclaim!

Between its laid-back vocals, surf guitar and stomping percussion, Born Under Saturn makes a strong claim to being your ideal beach or road trip companion this summer. 

80
Drowned in Sound

Born Under Saturn sounds like what it probably is: a bunch of smart musicians having a great time.

80
The Guardian

Born Under Saturn shows no diminution in the songwriting: the single "First Light" is a startling, eerie, beautiful song that itches away at you, and might be the best thing they’ve yet done.

80
FasterLouder

It can at times be a head-swirling, disorientating listening experience but ultimately it’s a kaleidoscopic trip through psychedelic musical pop art.

70
NME

It definitely ain’t perfect ... but in concocting a scrubbed-up, carefully wrought maturation of their sound, ‘Born Under Saturn’ gives us something close to Django Django unchained.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Born Under Saturn is a more reserved affair - though that’s not to say it’s that tired cliché of a grower, it’s just not particularly rhapsodic. Nor is it particularly brilliant. 

70
Alternative Press

Born Under Saturn is an album of ambition, and while the gaffes certainly hold it back, there are enough good ideas crammed in throughout, making the album a worthy trip to a spacey dancehall.

70
Clash

For a band consisting of four members, ‘Born Under Saturn’ is both remarkably adventurous and eclectic.

58
Pretty Much Amazing
Django’s approach is more centrist this time around, leaving little that could be called disagreeable, and even less you could deem celebratory.
56
Pitchfork

The busy arrangements and serious frontloading make Born Under Saturn’s 54 minutes a demanding investment, and the effort it takes to simply get any sort of visceral pleasure out of it makes it feel twice as long

50
PopMatters

Django Django may not have entirely forsaken their potential ... But stylistically, Born Under Saturn is an unfortunate step backward for a promising, unique artist.

raymon
73
It's not a bad album, but I don't find myself liking this the way I liked their debut. The songs are far less catchy and dynamic. The album seems to lack direction at times, and it can become a chore to listen to it. However, I still see potential for something greater.
Aoaystheory
73
Django Django comes fully equipped with a zany mixture of sounds and styles in their latest release “Born Under Saturn.” At its worst, it’s a step backwards for the band and it drags on too long for its 54 minute runtime. However, at its best, it’s some of the most intricate body-moving blend of sounds that’s sure to make even the shyest Shake and Tremble.
High Points: Vibrations, First Light
Low Point: Shot Down
fork_bomb
75
fun, well-paced, and a worthy follow-up to their first LP.
Hops
74
Top 5 Tracks
- 4000 Years
- First Light
- Vibrations
- Giant
- Found You
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
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Track List

  1. Giant
  2. Shake and Tremble
  3. Found You
  4. First Light
  5. Pause Repeat
  6. Reflections
  7. Vibrations
  8. Shot Down
  9. High Moon
  10. Beginning to Fade
  11. 4000 Years
  12. Breaking the Glass
  13. Life We Know
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