The North

Stars - The North
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2012 Ratings: #383 / 944
User Score
Based on 19 ratings
September 4, 2012 / Release Date
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Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Paste

Just like releases that precede it, The North offers yet another glimpse into the minds of a band that challenges the barriers of genre and songwriting.

79
Beats Per Minute

As much a return to form as this album is for the band — and make no mistake, it is — it still only grazes the surface of what this band can do when they have the right set of songs and the right people manning the boards.

75
A.V. Club

There’s a fresh, focused vibe across The North, breathing new life into a band that had become a bit of a chore to listen to.

70
The 405

We're lucky they've stuck to what they know and given us another solid album.

70
Consequence of Sound

Their sixth album comes as a breath of fresh air after the dreary synthetics and spectral meditations of The Five Ghosts

67
Pitchfork

The album's sense of purpose means that there's plenty of room for the band to experiment, and the sonic playfulness on The North makes for an engrossing, repeatable listen.

65
Under The Radar

It's the strength of their convictions that elevates the autumnal musings of The North from mere electro-pop fancy to emotionally affecting tales of love, death, and everything in between. 

60
PopMatters

On The North, the band does much better at forcing its concerns through the filter of big emotion, yet it’s still plagued by some of the same tasteful understatement as The Five Ghosts

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#40/Spinner
#43/Paste

Track List

  1. The Theory of Relativity 
  2. Backlines 
  3. The North 
  4. Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It 
  5. Through The Mines 
  6. Do You Want To Die Together? 
  7. Lights Changing Colour 
  8. The Loose Ends Will Make Knots 
  9. A Song Is A Weapon 
  10. Progress 
  11. The 400 
  12. Walls
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