AOTY 2019

Season High

Little Dragon - Season High
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2017 Ratings: #603 / 725
User Score
Based on 74 ratings
2017 Ratings: #599
April 14, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loma Vista / Label
Electropop, Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Northern Transmissions

This album sizzles, electrifies, and throbs with a liquid aural energy. Little Dragon’s music always seems to come from another planet mostly because there’s no one else like them. Inimitable and thrilling, get ready for a ride into the unknown.

80
The Skinny

For all Season High’s exuberance, the record never pitches too hard. Little Dragon sense when to turn it down just as well as they know when to ramp it up, and tracks like Butterflies and Strobe Lights deal in emerald lights and moody ultraviolet.

80
NME

This is a fresh and inventive electropop record 
with a healthy disregard for current chart trends.

80
Under The Radar

With an evolved new collection of tracks that are both hot and smart, Little Dragon has set themselves further apart.

80
Exclaim!

The band will probably never make a singularly categorizable record, but their unique balance of accessibility and creativity is a definite strength — and it shines here.

70
God Is in the TV

Ford and Berger just add a little a danceability to proceedings and their influence is most noticeable in the house bass oomph, sticky high-hats, bubbly hooks and predictable treble-dropping in ‘The Pop Life‘ and ‘Push’.

70
The Line of Best Fit

As much as this is a cohesive piece of work, each track is a unique expanse of electronic fizzes and bounces interwoven with hushed sentiments that reward close listening ... Little Dragon’s enthusiasm is palpable and their world well worth exploring.

67
A.V. Club

Like every Little Dragon album, Season High contains several new entries into the band’s essential catalog, but as a whole, it fails to fulfill its potential.

60
The Independent

For all their bewitching characteristics, there’s a frustrating aspect to Swedish electropop combo Little Dragon, reflected in their sometimes quixotic choices.

60
The Guardian

For all of its escapist ambition, Season High’s genre-hopping feels more like a showcase for Little Dragon’s pop competence than the sound of a group swept up in instinctive creativity.

60
Clash

Continuing their track record of sensory electropop that teeters on the edge of commercial viability, whilst preserving their unconventional charm, ‘Season High’ is an exuberant quick-fix LP.

60
Crack Magazine

The broad palette of styles and influences it represents come together in a colourful soundtrack to escape the bleak standards against which each day of 2017 has been judged.

56
Pitchfork

Despite the best efforts of Yukimi Nagano's dynamic voice, the Swedish band's fifth album of cautiously controlled, luxury mood music remains flat on the page.

50
Consequence of Sound

Season High is a serviceable record by a band who clearly knows what they’re doing. Mid-tempo R&B mixed with dance tracks, their sound is fluid and mostly enjoyable. There’s just nothing challenging, no distinct spirit that leaves a lasting impression.

50
No Ripcord

While Season High has its showstopping moments, as a whole it tries to cram in too many ideas into a variety of disjointed themes.

50
AllMusic

While Season High ... adds some new twists and roams from weightless Scandinavian soul ballads to zipping synth pop, the albums is deficient in emotional depth and congeals into a mass of adequate mood music.

itsyahboinoah
60
Little dragon latest album is perhaps their worst to date and its a shame. Their latest record "Season High" dips down their quality of sound and pretty much go on auto-pilot. There is no tracks of this album that put me off but neither was there anything that was stunning. Their synthpop direction of this album feels as a whole feels middle of the road despite their being some sparse times of interesting experimental going on in the first half of the record. Overall, this album ... read more
tha138
59
I'm not sure that this is their worst album but I'm sure that it's their least cohesive one.
It begins as a cheap, electro-pop test and halfway, it recovers its senses and starts connecting the pieces of its personality.
But it's already too late!
DukeEman
70
It starts of as a whimsical journey and then veers into some chill beats and rounds off to a semi-experimental feel of some sort...
BuffaloStaple
65
Little Dragon's latest release isn't a very progressive or ambitious album, it's pretty safe of Little Dragon to come out with a full-length album with so little experiments, but despite this I though Season High was a very likeable and pleasant dance-pop album, to me it's enjoyable and I found it pretty harmless.

I didn't come away from it with my mind blown or anything, but I did get a handful of nice tunes from this record that I do plan on adding to my playlists and replaying throughout ... read more
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Track List

  1. Celebrate (feat. Agge)
  2. High
  3. The Pop Life
  4. Sweet
  5. Butterflies
  6. Should I
  7. Don't Cry
  8. Strobe Light
  9. Push
  10. Gravity
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