Something

Chairlift - Something
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2012 Ratings: #213 / 946
User Score
Based on 109 ratings
2012 Ratings: #73
January 24, 2012 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

On Something, chillwave’s obsession with wonky New Age keys and effects mingles with the put-up-or-shut-up vocal brass of ’90s R&B, while honest-to-goodness songcraft stirs the pot.

82
Beats Per Minute

While there is clearly a lot to praise about Something, it’d be untrue to say that it doesn’t have its moments of deflation.

80
Pitchfork

A major creative leap, but on a superficial level, it's not that different from their debut.

80
Under The Radar

Once again Chairlift displays a potent blend of smarts and charm

70
Consequence of Sound

It also gave the duo optimal time to make a killer synth-pop genre piece.

70
NME

Our flashback to a dead decade has thrown up both guilty pleasures and glistening horrors.

70
No Ripcord

The songwriting has clearly become much more adventurous, and Chairlift has refined a pleasant but ultimately forgettable sound into a more potent, memorable version of that same sound.

70
Drowned in Sound

With Something, Chairlift haven't so much redefined their sound as papered over the cracks with an added coat of emulsion for good measure.

70
PopMatters

Something is one smooooth ride on a luxury liner which rarely has you reaching for your lifejacket or sickbag.

60
Paste

Something is a generally enjoyable, but nonetheless generally unremarkable next step for the band.

musicmagpie55
91
Caroline Polachek is an underrated superstar, and Something is banger after banger with some majestic bops thrown in as well. I love how the songs start with a chaotic cluster of synths that resolve into melodic pop songs. This nicely juxtaposes the lyrics that feel like they are coming from a person on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

While it doesn't have a single concept or linking narrative, these songs do function well together as an album. 'I Belong in Your Arms' has to be one of the ... read more
75
This album is such a bop- I first came across it when I was pretty young and just jammed out to it so hard thinking I was a little indie kid who listened to obscure music. When I listen to this album now, it feels so much more creative than Moth, although they never lost their extremely slick sound. On top of that, Caroline's voice is so nice to listen to. It just seems like Chairlift didn't experience the frustration of not being able to bring to life the song in your head. Very natural and ... read more
KevinPasos
88
Essential Tracks - Sidewalk Safari // I Belong In Your Arms // Ghost Tonight // Amanaemonesia
cshults
80
I will always remember where I was when I watched the music video for 'Amanaemonesia'.
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Track List

  1. Sidewalk Safari
  2. Wrong Opinion
  3. I Belong In Your Arms
  4. Take It Out On Me
  5. Ghost Tonight
  6. Cool As A Fire 
  7. Amanaemonesia
  8. Met Before
  9. Frigid Spring
  10. Turning
  11. Guilty as Charged
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