Every Now & Then

Jagwar Ma - Every Now & Then
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2016 Ratings: #521 / 760
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2016 Ratings: #455
October 14, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Every Now & Then is the best kind of second album, one that improves on the first one without throwing away any of the elements that made it good.

80
DIY

Jagwar Ma thrive when they’ve more room to explore ... They still sound like they’re on a process of self-discovery, just a couple of steps away from striking gold.

80
NME

Big Brian Wilson fans, they’re really all about harmony, and a lot of ‘Every Now And Then’ is just a pleasure to listen to.

75
The Line of Best Fit

Every Now & Then leans even more heavily on the trip-hop/dance side of the trio’s wheelhouse than its predecessor, and its widely varied textures consistently go down smootly.

70
musicOMH

As with Howlin, the glimpses of brilliance are there in spades, but Jagwar Ma haven’t quite worked out how to unlock their full potential quite yet.

69
Pitchfork

Rather than turn inward, Jagwar Ma build on their first record’s foundation, going bigger and broader, while continuing to look unapologetically in the rearview mirror.

65
Under The Radar

As slick as this production is, the atmosphere on this record is sometimes hard to absorb beneath the constant rhythm, and the occasional moments when the music is allowed to slow down and breathe are refreshing.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

Overall, no risks are taken: all of the lyrics want to be mantras but end up as little nothings instead; practically all of the songs reveal their hands way before their often too-long song lengths; they mistake reverb as a songwriting tool.

50
Clash

‘Every Now And Then’ takes the form of a transcendental equivalent of the longest summer. Wavelengths stretch leaving you feeling worked over, fatigued and ready for a taste of something new.

50
God Is in the TV

It’s a rambling, confused and disappointing mess, with two albums – a dark, Weatherall-inspired head-nodder and a joyous retro cheese-fest a la Cut Copy’s Free Your Mind – fighting for its soul, ultimately leaving us with the sound of a band torn between wanting to be taken more seriously and wanting to see hands in the air, and ultimately achieving neither.

CheapandLethal
60
Fairly uninspiring
Fallendomino
55
"Every Now & Then" is a string of build-ups that lead to nothing in particular. It's a shame when talented bands can't escape a particular sound and are determined to make you appreciate it. Simply put, the LP drags on--from the start--and will leave listeners unenthused.

Notable Song: "Say What You Feel"
JulianGomez974
71
Jagwar Ma's sophomore record finds the band following two directions at the same time, backwards and forward. It's like they want to evolve their sound but at the same time they can't let go what they've done before. It's great because their songs still have that bouncy and ambient feel to it, however you end up having the same thing over and over again. When we get to "O B 1", you've already listened at least three songs that have the same vibe or very similar. It's not a bad record, ... read more
NR
i saw this band live... a real disaster ! i agree, boring is the word.
cookie
70
kinda boring, isn't it? dunno, not feeling it...
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#59/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. Falling
  2. Say What You Feel
  3. Loose Ends
  4. Give Me A Reason
  5. Ordinary
  6. Batter Up
  7. O B 1
  8. Slipping
  9. High Rotations
  10. Don't Make It Right
  11. Colours of Paradise
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