The Flower Lane

Ducktails - The Flower Lane
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2013 Ratings: #769 / 955
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2013 Ratings: #278
January 29, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

75
The 405

These extra hands, combined with an actual recording studio and backing from Domino, have been instrumental in cleaning up and refining Ducktails' sound, making it much more palatable, particularly when compared to previous releases.

75
A.V. Club

By sticking to tighter song structures and utilizing the full accompaniment of a backing band, The Flower Lane gives Mondanile’s sunny hooks the prominence they deserve, leading to a number of memorable cuts

71
Pitchfork

The relatively sumptuous presentation of The Flower Lane successfully separates it from the rest of Ducktails' discography. Unfortunately, a familiar emptiness remains.

70
FACT Magazine

The Flower Lane is arguably not as essential, nor quite as oddly memorable as previous collected Ducktails instalments, but it does appear to be a new phase of the band.

70
Consequence of Sound

Though it suffers from some occasional hiccups, Mondanile has never sounded more in charge and confident with his craft.

70
Under The Radar

Sure, it's no masterpiece, but The Flower Lane represents Matthew Mondanile's most consistent record to date. It would appear flying solo is a lot easier when you've got friends. 

60
The Fly

‘The Flower Lane’ is dominated by sumptuous jangles, recalling the likes of Aztec Camera and Orange Juice, but occasionally derailed by a tiresome tendency towards the tasteful.

60
Paste

The record feels akin to 40 minutes of stoned stargazing in a college dorm room. And the kid down the hall has yet to add substance to the conversation.

52
Beats Per Minute

There are things I want from a Ducktails album, and “jangly pop rock” isn’t one of them. We’ve got enough of that.

50
NME

Mondanile has said that this album is a collaborative effort, but the lack of emotional engagement (and fun) suggests a bunch of friends who don’t actually like hanging out together. 

50
Pretty Much Amazing

Its songwriting, production, and delivery harbor no risks, and therefore the album safely passes by its listeners without leaving anything but a want for something a little more lively. 

50
PopMatters

It’s as wispy as its lower-budget predecessors, providing a polite digression that fades from the memory and the heart not long after the record finishes up.

30
No Ripcord

On Flower Lane, Mondanile and the gang stepped out of the bedroom and into the studio, and the result is something just as sterile as every other song by Real Estate.

95
Solid album, reminds me of a mix of 80's, funk, as well as some reminiscence to 69 Love songs by the Magnetic fields.
Key Tracks
Ivy Covered House
Flower lane
Planet Phrom
Academy Avenue
Timothy Shy
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#20/Obscure Sound
#40/Sputnikmusic

Track List

  1. Ivy Covered House 
  2. The Flower Lane 
  3. Under Cover 
  4. Timothy Shy 
  5. Planet Phrom 
  6. Assistant Director 
  7. Sedan Magic 
  8. International Date Line 
  9. Letter of Intent 
  10. Academy Avenue
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