Harm's Way

Ducks Ltd. - Harm's Way
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2024 Ratings: #37 / 105
User Score
Based on 187 ratings
2024 Rank: #68
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!
This kind of underground indie pop, with its roots in DIY music like Orange Juice and the Feelies, always has a hardscrabble edge — but Ducks Ltd. find the cinematic grandeur in their scrappy ditties.
90
Spill Magazine

Throughout the nine tracks here, the duo doesn’t relinquish their pace nor is there a single duff moment to be heard, making Harm’s Way quite a delight, that surely is not in anybody’s (musical) harm’s way.

87
Paste

They’ve earned this record and these tracks, and their attention to repurposing riffs runs deeper than McGreevy’s vocals or Lewis’ shredding: When you strip away all of the language and percussion and catchiness of Harm’s Way, the sorrow we’re left with sounds the same.

83
Northern Transmissions
In and out in under 28 minutes with not a second wasted—typifying the pair’s poise and purpose, no longer unlimited in name, but certainly in nature.
80
AllMusic

Ducks Ltd. come fully into their own with a combination of heightened production values, arrangements that lean into discrete synthesizers and vocal layers, and sneakily depressive lyrics hidden in songs overflowing with brisk pop charm.

80
No Ripcord

Clocking in at a brisk 28 minutes, Harm's Way unfolds with not a minute wasted, similar to Weezer's Green Album. And while they couldn't be more far apart in tone and ambition, they're comparable in how they progress with limited dynamic range and a generous amount of hooks.

80
Under the Radar

Though there is nothing neutral to be said about what Ducks Ltd. bring to bear on Harm’s Way, there is no doubt that the music the partnership produces is what our bodies were programmed to receive.

77
Pitchfork
The Toronto jangle-pop duo doesn’t attempt to upset the winning formula established on its 2021 debut; it just executes the same bittersweet moves with even more militaristic precision.
75
Spectrum Culture

Harm’s Way is the sort of album that makes for a good example of the interesting things that can be done within the genre of jangle pop.

70
PopMatters

Harm’s Way serves as evidence of the power of music to redeem.

GabrielDiablo
79

Very good

Paleblooded
50

Very generic sounding and safe. Not bad per say, just samey and a bit boring. Not for me, but I'm sure it has it's audience.

kindestnatlala
50

Came and went just like that. Nothing particularly interesting and didn't really catch my attention. Not bad though for an indie pop songs with a lot of twang guitars.

78

Very good. Best new discovery i've made this year.

pyddl
55

Really easy on the ears. Between the soft vocals and the bouncy guitars, it's lighthearted energy that puts you in a good mood. It's a little repetitive, but it's also pretty short, so it balances out.

75

Think they have great potential, this was just a bit boring as most of it sounds the same. I still did enjoy it a quite lot.

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Added on: November 30, 2023