Innocence Reaches

of Montreal - Innocence Reaches
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2016 Ratings: #646 / 758
User Score
Based on 59 ratings
2016 Ratings: #541
August 12, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

Innocence Reaches works best when it offers surprises after seducing with slinky bass lines and sleepy bloops and bleeps.

80
The Skinny

Innocence Reaches takes another mercurial swerve, with synths back in favour and flamboyance reembraced. The results flit capriciously and deliciously through tones and genres.

80
Exclaim!

Throughout the album's 12 tracks, of Montreal manage to come off inspired, inventive, re-energized and wide-eyed on Innocence Reaches, utilizing new sounds rather than rehashing old ideas.

75
Under The Radar
It's better to burn out than it is to rust, so they say. Maybe, but it's starting to seem like you can grease the wheels with glitter and cruise on forever.
70
PopMatters

Innocence Reaches feels like Barnes has found his center again. This time out he’s figured out how to combine his melodic skills with his musical idiosyncrasies in a way that works, for the most part, really well.

70
AllMusic

Though Innocence Reaches is more than a bit disjointed, offering a mix of styles previously explored and newly absorbed, it's an uptempo pleaser with songs that promise to be handpicked fan favorites -- albeit with little consensus.

70
musicOMH

There is plenty of evidence of Barnes’ debt to David Bowie and Prince all over Innocence Reaches, but this time he’s focused primarily on floor-filling EDM.

70
Clash

of Montreal’s most recent effort does well to offer listeners a varied and well-balanced sampling of the band’s myriad of amassed musical flavours, with contemporary EDM coming as the latest addition.

63
Pitchfork
After a pair of encouraging bounce-back records, Barnes has begun to fall back on some bad habits.
60
The Guardian

You might sometimes wish Barnes would curb his more outlandish impulses; when focused, he is a fine songwriter.

60
No Ripcord

Challenging and proudly disjointed, Innocence Reaches showcases a deranged songwriter whose fickle character knows no bounds.

58
Consequence of Sound
No two songs sound the same, but instead of the gleeful chaos that previous albums boast, it only feels scattered and searching for an answer.
50
Spin

Innocence Reaches is lighter than last year’s appropriately titled Aureate Gloom, but it’s less fun than it thinks it is, and in pursuing a more “current,” electronic-inspired sound, it’s lost the psychedelic charms of a better post-peak Of Montreal album like, say, 2013’s lousy with sylvianbriar.

50
The Needle Drop

Atlanta indie veterans of Montreal continue a weak album streak with Innocence Reaches.

43
Pretty Much Amazing
Here, in trying so desperately to be universal, they’ve ended up with their most stiflingly insular album yet. How ironic.
40
NOW Magazine
It's true that Of Montreal have followed a trajectory toward dance- and pop-oriented music their whole career, but they always seemed firmly in control of their own idiosyncratic aeroplane-over-the-sea. Now they appear to be caught in the tailwinds of Diplo's private jet.
40
DIY
Unfortunately, this slightly more mainstream vision is consistently obscured, making ‘Innocence Reaches’ a frustrating listen.
Z.Younk
67
The yearly of Montreal album is out and 53 total people care.
84
I'd basically forgotten about this band, but this album is a welcome return to their late 00s peak. Barnes feels inspired in a way that he hasn't since Skeletal Lamping.
Felindie
60
Fav Tracks: trashed exes, les chants de maldoror
PherCubbins
63
Hay un punto donde te conectas con el álbum, sin embargo, no logra cargarte todo el tiempo y te deja a la mitad del camino con mas expectativas que con satisfacciones. Algunas canciones hacen de este álbum algo psicodélico majestuoso.
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Track List

  1. let’s relate
  2. it’s different for girls
  3. gratuitous abysses
  4. my fair lady
  5. les chants de maldoror
  6. a sport and a pastime
  7. ambassador bridge
  8. def pacts
  9. chaos arpeggiating
  10. nursing slopes
  11. trashed exes
  12. chap pilot
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