Hummingbird

Local Natives - Hummingbird
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2013 Ratings: #146 / 955
User Score
Based on 253 ratings
2013 Ratings: #110
January 29, 2013 / Release Date
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Frenchkiss/Infectious / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

93
Paste

From the first sung note of Hummingbird, Local Natives are frank in their presentation of a serious album, challenging listeners to heal along with them; cognizant that investment is proportional to remuneration.

90
Consequence of Sound

Hummingbird proves that these guys are maturing into a sound that’s both singular and wrenching with severity.

85
Beats Per Minute

Less ends up becoming more, as Hummingbird relinquishes its treasures piece by piece with a sort of unhurried charm. 

85
The 405
Musically, they have never been more confident but at their core they have never been more honest.
83
Pretty Much Amazing

At first, the eleven songs melt together into an indie rock haze, punctuated by riffs of guitar and howling harmonies, but with time, patience, and a second listen, the album reveals itself to be something much more complex.

81
Pitchfork

This is a record of lateral growth, one that finds the band establishing their own place among their contemporaries.

80
PopMatters

For all its sadness, Hummingbird manages to craft a friscalating, sun-setting, post-adolescence in the rear-view mirror. 

80
NME

On ‘Hummingbird’ there’s a fresh depth and consideration, as well as some barefaced emotion, which has evidently rubbed off from time spent with the cult Ohio band of ‘High Violet’, ‘Boxer’ and ‘Alligator’ fame. 

80
Under The Radar

They may be shifting the weight of the world onto their collective shoulders, but it hasn't dampened their energy a bit. 

80
musicOMH

The band’s sophomore album is a clear progression from Gorilla Manor, retaining the soaring harmonies from their debut, while experimenting with a more expansive and emotive sound.

80
Drowned in Sound

If Gorilla Manor was immediately satisfying with its youthful scuffle, the denser, layered instrumentation and songwriter here provides a more substantial reward rooted in repeated listens, rather than a quick fling.

80
Exclaim!

On the surface, it sounds like Local Natives have dialled down those sunshine bursts of joyous chants and guitars, and, for the most part, there are fewer handclaps and the harmonies are more subdued.

80
Spin

Moments so raw and lovely justify both their efforts and your efforts in surviving the occasionally oppressive nature of their efforts.

70
No Ripcord

Hummingbird sure has an ample amount of sentiment, balanced in between moments of grave frustration and passive reflection. 

70
AllMusic
Local Natives still showcase a knack for frenetic, percussive segments and layered vocal harmonies that feature lead singer Taylor Rice's evocative croon.
70
Rolling Stone
Kelcey Ayer vents pillowy angst in vivid detail as minimalist synth surges and push-pull drum rumble rough up his dove-winged melodies.
70
Slant Magazine

Despite its differences with Gorilla Manor, Hummingbird isn't a challenging or experimental album by any means, instead offering a host of moody, chasmal tracks characterized by trickling, chiming melodies and vocalist Kelcey Ayer's resilient falsetto.

67
A.V. Club

Hummingbird is an album of hidden rewards, a record to pick and choose tracks from in order to purvey a single feeling or contribute to the perfect mixtape. What it’s not, though, is a cohesive, compelling whole.

92
I am shocked as to how low this is. I believe that this is the best album of 2013. Local Natives captures your attention from the first line of "You & I" and never gives it back. Hummingbird is a very up and down album with slower songs like "Ceilings" and faster paced songs like my personal favorite off of the album, "Breakers." This album is an absolute must buy/listen.
CheapandLethal
55
Uninspiring
77
Local Natives are never going to make the most original-sounding indie music, but "Hummingbird" is an immensely satisfying listen. Their gift for anthemic melodies is close to the best in the business, and their shift towards a more atmospheric and insular approach makes the big melodies more potent than they do arrive. It also enables them to develop more of a distinct musical identity.
Eldaufino
82
Standout tracks: Heavy Feet, Ceilings, Bowery
NR
Best album of the year lyrically, atmospherically and emotionally. In concert, they sound even better.
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Track List

  1. You & I 
  2. Heavy Feet 
  3. Ceilings 
  4. Black Spot 
  5. Breakers 
  6. Three Months 
  7. Black Balloons 
  8. Wooly Mammoth 
  9. Mt. Washington 
  10. Colombia 
  11. Bowery
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