Brace The Wave

Lou Barlow - Brace The Wave
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2015 Ratings: #692 / 949
User Score
Based on 20 ratings
September 4, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Joyful Noise / Label
Acoustic Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Brace the Wave reveals that Lou Barlow hasn't changed all that much in the past quarter-century -- he's just better at this stuff, and has finally grown more comfortable with it.

75
A.V. Club

Brace The Wave isn’t exactly original or inventive, but what it lacks in innovation, it makes up for in emotional honesty.

71
Pitchfork

Despite the high gravitas of the subject manner, it still manages to capture the yearning and imagination of youth, and never loses touch with the redemptive qualities of interpersonal connectedness. 

70
musicOMH

Whilst it hardly breaks new ground, either generally or for Barlow as an artist, Brace The Wave offers further evidence of Barlow’s core talents.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Brace the Wave is an album about these tiny moments of revelation, about the understanding that life is not a series of earth-shattering events, but a constant process of growth and development.

70
PopMatters

Brace the Wave creaks and moans through days good and bad, Barlow employing only a detuned ukulele, acoustic guitar and minimal synths to both exorcise and hold at bay the beasts within.

67
Consequence of Sound

It’s his cleanest, most optimistic recording, far from the lo-fi yearnings of before, but still ultimately a document of his personality as a bedroom bard for the insecure and introspective.

60
American Songwriter

It’s another Lou Barlow album, not significantly better, worse or different than previous ones. 

60
Spin

Brace the Wave doesn’t really crest above Barlow’s torrential output, it’s just another pre-frayed entry in a catalog of scratchy home recordings.

50
Drowned in Sound

This feels like an opportunity missed; his defences are never truly down, and we’re only offered tantalising glimpses of what might have been.

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Added on: July 22, 2015