Nocturne
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Ratings: #142 / 928
Year End Rank: #39
User Score
Based on 154 ratings
2012 Ratings: #40
Your Review

CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pitchfork

Nocturne is painted with the same colors as Gemini, but the resolution is much higher.

81
Beats Per Minute

Nocturne proves that Tatum is firmly at the centre of the Wild Nothing universe, and around him orbits his dreams, influences and abilities, which seem to stretch out infinitely.

80
The 405

... it is a soothing and ethereal listen with songs that would do well in the charts as well as songs meant for private and reflective listening.

80
Under The Radar

This time around, Tatum is attacking the form with a more "adult" approach, careful in its construction and aware of its context—but somehow eternally youthful in its vision, still lost in the clouds.

80
PopMatters

It’s an album made of dreams, haunted visions, and echoes that extend forever.

76
Paste

The record is fun and lovely when it’s happening—and you’ll want it to happen a lot—it just doesn’t leave you with much fat to chew on after. 

75
Pretty Much Amazing

This homogeneous approach leads to an all around gorgeous album; but it also sacrifices the kind of tension and complexity that makes a good album great.

75
A.V. Club

On Nocturne, he’s matured considerably as a songwriter, demonstrating a knack for the subtle nuances that make memorable songs tick. 

70
Drowned in Sound

Maybe if Tatum had taken the 'less is more' approach, Nocturne's impact would have been greater.

70
NME

While ‘Nocturne’ is gorgeous, it’s a little too predictable to become truly exciting. 

60
Consequence of Sound

Unlike Gemini, many of the tracks on Nocturne feature a homogeneity that begins to tire by the eighth or ninth track.

50
No Ripcord

Unfortunately, the album suffers greatly from following in the same footsteps of other 80s new wave revivalists: being safe and repetitive.

Jan 2, 2015
Zatak
95
It's incredible how this album keeps growing on me at each listen. I always find it pleasant to listen to even though, two year ago when I first listened to it, I'd already thought it was damn beautiful.
Jan 14, 2018
lemuriams
91
When I listen to this album, I am absolutely out of this world.

This is one of the best albums in history and together with The War on Drugs they can very well combine ambient with rock music.

There are no words to describe the beauty of Only Heather, Shadow, Paradise and Rheya.

Guitars like brushes that paint your dream place in front of your eyes.
Dec 19, 2017
pouls
67
Sonically, it stands out as being richer than most jangle pop this decade. However, when it comes to memorability, it's just like most music in this genre out there.
Jul 8, 2017
87
One of the best of this genre. Chill, melodic, and beautiful.
Nov 20, 2014
Tom Simmons
90
Fav Tracks: Shadow, Nocturne, Rheya, Only Heather, Midnight Song, Paradise, The Blue Dress, Through The Grass, This Chain Won't Break
MISC LISTS
#7/Insound
#21/Pitchfork Readers
Track List
  1. Shadow 
  2. Midnight Song 
  3. Nocturne 
  4. Through the Glass 
  5. Only Heather 
  6. This Chain Won't Break 
  7. Disappear Always 
  8. Paradise 
  9. Counting Days 
  10. The Blue Dress 
  11. Rheya


Added on: June 13, 2012