Empire of The Sun - Two Vines
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2016 Ratings: #636 / 763
User Score
Based on 46 ratings
2016 Ratings: #645
October 28, 2016 / Release Date
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Astralwerks / Label
Electropop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Their mastery of modern pop sounds, ability to craft melodies that have a timeless quality, and the real connection they provide to people who want their frivolous pop music to have some depth and meaning, is impressive.

80
DIY

The band continues to make glossy retro-futurist pop, creating a world of synthesizers and keyboards that feels both primeval and modern at once.

75
Consequence of Sound

Empire of the Sun have managed to remain steadfast in the sound they’ve carved out for themselves since day one, which can be a challenge for a band that has pushed as big and wide as these two have.

60
The Line of Best Fit

There is brilliant pop here, but it's only evident when they hold back on the histrionics.

60
The Guardian

The ecological concept behind the album ... doesn’t really assert itself among the dreamy backdrops. But it also means we get some superbly written pop/indie hybrids.

60
FasterLouder

While it’s still not quite as daring, original or profound as what these pop prophets might have hoped, it’s a clearer picture than Walking On A Dream, and more shaded and textured than the one-brush dance aesthetic of Ice On The Dune.

60
No Ripcord

 The dangers of crafting intricate visual and musical landscapes, as is the tradition with Empire of the Sun, are exposed with Two Vines. Getting it right is so rewarding, but it's a daunting task to replicate such a vision on each track. When they fly, they soar. But when their artistic façade fractures, the cracks are just too glaring.

60
musicOMH

Beautifully produced it may be, but Two Vines is essentially an over polished collection of songs with less spontaneity in their composition.

50
PopMatters

For those looking for more than just dance music, however, this album will fall short, due in no small part to it staggering lack of variation.

40
NME

This time, they say, the album’s vision is that of a city overtaken by jungle. While that sounds interesting, the reality is that this is the sound of a band coasting.

RyanDWessel
20
It's like they took everything I hated about Ice On The Dune......................and just amped it up. It's WAY more EDM than their other two albums. It's just very generic and obnoxious. It sounds like intro music that YouTuber's use in their "TOP 10" videos or some shit.

I really like the song "Way To Go", but everything else is just so awful............just awful. Empire Of The Sun has become a shell of what it once was.
arturostacey
60
Enjoy the singles, not at all a good album
tha138
48
The duo is standing in the middle of two vines, in its silly costumes, watching the metropolis being overtaken by jungle and trying, unsuccessfully, to fit its glossy synth-pop in the mutated scenery.
Pixelicide
63
A few good songs, some different singing styles, and some expected top notch production of some trippy pop songs. A little disappointed but better than a poke in the eye.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#46/Variance

Track List

  1. Before
  2. High and Low
  3. Two Vines
  4. Friends
  5. There’s No Need
  6. Way to Go
  7. Ride
  8. Digital Life
  9. First Crush
  10. ZZZ
  11. To Her Door
  12. Keystone
  13. Lend Me Some Light
  14. Welcome to My Life
  15. Walking on a Dream
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