Human Ceremony

Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2016 Ratings: #389 / 760
User Score
Based on 66 ratings
2016 Ratings: #259
February 5, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fat Possum / Label
Neo-Psychedelia / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

It’s unashamedly retro in parts, but feels fresh enough to sound like a modern take on the Nuggets compilations.

80
Rolling Stone

Human Ceremony is a very impressive record for a band that's only been putting out music for about a year.

80
NME
On debut album ‘Human Ceremony’, they fuse Led Zeppelin’s raunchy riffs with the blissful mid-’80s indie of Felt, the best bits of ’80s alt-pop (The Cure) and krautrock (Neu!) and, in front-duo Julia Cumming and Nick Kivlen, have the kind of boy-girl chemistry last seen in the White Stripes.
80
AllMusic

Human Ceremony is an impressive debut from a band who seem positioned to make many more excellent albums if they can continue to do such a good job of mining the past for gold and revamping it in their own fashion like they do so well here.

80
The Guardian

This is not a lazily retrogressive record however: its melodies burst with the fidgety energy of youth and ambition.

80
No Ripcord

Human Ceremony is an instinctive record, with the band more than happy to act on an impulse. The enthusiasm of the band is infectious, always remaining grounded but delightfully exploring their own infinite limitations.

75
Consequence of Sound

A psych pop record that speeds along at such an efficient clip you’d swear it was the work of a veteran act.

70
Under The Radar

If there's an underground music niche that isn't in need of another poster band, it's psychedelic rock. Yet on debut LP, Human Ceremony, the Brooklyn trio wrong-foot any cynics.

70
Spin

Sunflower Bean have enough homegrown ability between them to draw up a series of immersing and original compositions. 

69
Pitchfork

Even if they're doing things that have been done before, it sounds like they're discovering these things for the first time, and that excitement is palpable on Human Ceremony.

60
DIY
‘Human Ceremony’ isn’t anywhere near fault-free, but its charm arrives when the trio get ahead of themselves. They’re the kind of band who’ll make you want to form your own.
57
Paste
The most exciting young band in Brooklyn put out a record that in no way does them justice.
40
PopMatters

What makes Human Ceremony so unremarkable is the sense that there are dozens, if not hundreds, of bands exactly like Sunflower Bean, playing basements and dive bars across the country. 

CheapandLethal
90
Superb
twwalter
70
A gentle, pleasant blend of shoegazing, indie pop and folk.

Favorite tracks: Easier Said, Creation Myth, Wall Watcher
81
Human Ceremony gives off the vibe that Sunflower Bean is here to stay with a delicious indie rock smorgasbord.
Sinestroll
91
★★★★★: Come On • 2013 • Easier Said • I Was Home • Creation Myth • Wall Watcher
Fallendomino
70
A dreamy collection of summer nostalgia lead by bright, rolling guitar riffs. Not only are the melodies mesmerizing, but the back and forth vocals adds further dimension to a potpourri of fuzzy sound. Yet, the lack of memorability grounds "Human Ceremony" from truly standing out.

Notable Songs: "Come On"; "Easier Said"; "This Kind of Feeling"
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Track List

  1. Human Ceremony
  2. Come On
  3. 2013
  4. Easier Said
  5. This Kind of Feeling
  6. I Was Home
  7. Creation Myth
  8. Wall Watcher
  9. I Want You to Give Me Enough Time
  10. Oh, I Just Don't Know
  11. Space Exploration Disaster
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