Shrines

Purity Ring - Shrines
Critic Score
Based on 35 reviews
2012 Ratings: #146 / 1105
Year End Rank: #29
User Score
Based on 486 ratings
2012 Ratings: #101
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club
Corin Roddick’s off-kilter instrumentals—warm washes of synths, chopped and pitch-shifted vocal samples, and skittish, hyperactive beats—envelope Megan James’ wistful coo to create a set of remarkable, accessible tunes.
90
DIY
There hasn’t been an album this genuine, exciting and plain heartfelt since The XX’s debut – it seems inevitable that Purity Ring will go on to garner the same levels of recognition.
90
NME

‘Shrines’ is a euphoric treat in its own right, made all the more thrilling by its heady potential. 

90
The Fly
It’s a record that effortlessly juxtaposes chopped up electronics and ghostly effects with James’ supersweet voice to create eleven strange but simple pleasures.
85
Beats Per Minute

Shrines often operates like a series of paintings, each of its pieces a variation on a theme, the full breadth of the artist’s vision only realized within the context of the whole.

84
Pitchfork

Shrines is not about range, instead offering subtly different versions of a single, near-perfect idea.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Shrines is sure to solidify its fan base while not necessarily changing the minds of those that had written them off.

82
Paste

There are some moments on Shrines where Purity Ring falls back on some of witch-house’s less-lovely tendencies, but those moments are entirely forgivable, given the totality of vision and the strength of execution throughout the rest of the record.

80
The Skinny
This is glistening, perfect pop music with a vein of cold, dark intelligence running through it. Utterly enchanting.
80
FACT Magazine

Without compromising their rustic, Grimm fairytale undertone, they’ve turned in a chromed, hi-tech pop album.

80
The Line of Best Fit
What separates this from the pack though, is that this psycho little workout is delivered with a uniformity of sound, a clarity of intent and a bushel of bold choruses to match the sexualised trauma of Megan James’ bold, bright and brilliant lyrics.
80
Under The Radar

The record largely blurs together into a gloriously inscrutable haze, but certain songs resonate as sundry, singular experiences.

80
musicOMH

Ignore the undertones of James' lyrics and you'll find an album that provides a fair few moments of pop brilliance.

80
Consequence of Sound

Shrines isn’t trying to capitalize on some moment where rapid hi-hats and deep bass mix with dream-pop vocals; it manipulates two elements to make something malleable, elusive, sexual.

80
Drowned in Sound

There is something so deft about this LP that you can’t help but feel that it is more than merely a by-product of its kooky genesis.

80
No Ripcord

Purity Ring has crafted an album in Shrines that stands head and shoulders above the works of their peers.

75
The 405

Shrines isn't perfect, but it's a bold debut and one that hints of potential greatness to come.

70
AllMusic

As it stands, Shrines is a fine debut, full of lighter-than-air synth pop that manages to be dark, sparkling, innocent, and knowing all at once.

70
Resident Advisor

Shrines melds the blurry mesmerism of Tri Angle acts like Holy Other and Balam Acab with slow-pitched R&B reclines and the kind of artfully-constructed but spacious pop of 4AD's second phase heyday.

70
Spin

The contrast between Purity Ring's two halves is special and compelling, but Shrines goes over best when Roddick's reverent sound and James' lustful fury synchronize and break you off properly, womb-stem-style.

60
Slant Magazine

Purity Ring is trying to do too much, and true to the less-is-more adage, the busier Shrines gets, the emptier it feels.

60
The Needle Drop

Purity Ring's approach to synth pop on Shrines blurs the line that separates dark and cute. While it brings the new LP some unique qualities, the overall experience of these eleven tracks is a bit one-dimensional.

60
PopMatters

Shrines holds skyward a handful of some of the finest offerings Planet Pop can muster in 2012, yet as an “album experience” it ultimately fails to merit a new religion.

60
Rolling Stone

That sense of distance permeates the music: dark, mutable, likably repetitive  synth whirr that recalls artfully creepy bands like the Knife.

45
XLR8R
Purity Ring suffers from the all-too-popular idea that pitch-shifted vocal samples and well-calibrated washes of reverb are enough to create haunting, enigmatic music, as opposed to crafting singular worlds of sound that convey the soul of their creator and resonate within the listener.
40
Tiny Mix Tapes
Catchy? Yes. Concerned with synthesis beyond reverb-leavened juxtaposition? Perhaps not.
Quet
39

One half of Shrines works decently. The other barely exists beyond positions in a tracklist.

Edit (45->35): Never mind, this is awful. The production is clunky and the vocal performances are nonexistent. At least the beginning few minutes is listenable and Ungirthed is a guilty pleasure.

bitterblossom12
87

I love this album I miss summer 2012.

KaneBumpy
87

Purity Ring used to be one of my favorite bands back in the day, and after giving this a relisten, I completely understand why. Fineshrine and Grandloves are brilliant tracks

1Spooked0gHosT7
86

Ring rings

Infinitesparks
87

FAV TRACKS: Crawlersout, Fineshrine, Amenamy, Grandloves, Belispeak, Obedear, ★ Lofticries ★, Shuck

LEAST FAV TRACK: Cartographist (1st half only though, 2nd half is AMAZING)

An incredible debut from Purity Ring. This album is very cohesive, each song flows nicely into the next one. Megan's voice is one of the most interesting and different voices in modern music, and her style of singing elevates these amazing beats that Corrin created. The production that stands out the most to me came ... read more

AyeItsJoey
3

spotify wont stop advertising the tenth edition of this dogshit album to me and now I finally fucking listened to it, please spotify, never give me that ad for the reissue ever again.

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Track List

1Crawlersout
3:10
88
2Fineshrine
3:29
94
3Ungirthed
2:48
89
4Amenamy
3:27
92
5Grandloves
4:33
87
6Cartographist
4:48
80
7Belispeak
2:58
87
8Saltkin
3:25
90
9Obedear
3:29
91
10Lofticries
3:59
90
11Shuck
2:09
90
Total Length: 38 minutes
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Added on: April 24, 2012