Flourish // Perish

Braids - Flourish // Perish
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2013 Ratings: #96 / 955
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
2013 Ratings: #228
August 20, 2013 / Release Date
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Artubus Records / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The 405

They may be painting from a darker palette, but Flourish // Perish is no less captivating or wondrous; it still burrows down into the soul. 

80
DIY

Here, they’re trying to do more with less, and the electronics now rule where the reverb-laden guitar once seemed to have a pretty unremitting hold.

80
musicOMH

Like their closest comparison, their Canadian compatriot Grimes, Braids seem to have stepped up to another level with Flourish // Perish.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Braids have summoned a record that’s capable of drowning you. It’s incredibly immersive, and at times it can be emotionally overwhelming. 

80
Drowned in Sound

With all these sonic elements in play, Flourish... assembles into a cohesive set of woozy dream pop, slightly removed from Native Speaker, but closely aligned to Braids’ artistic core.

80
AllMusic

Pulling back might not sound like the most exciting creative choice, but Braids use economy even more captivatingly than abundance.

80
NME

Occasionally subtlety spills over into insipidness, but overall this is a masterclass in restrained beauty.

80
Under The Radar

Peaks and drops alike unveil a rich and full detail that becomes beautifully granular on subsequent listens without being obscure or academic.

75
Paste

If we know anything about Braids by the conclusion of the song, and the album, it is to expect change and growth, not a settled-on sound. And, for better or worse, that is very human.

71
Pitchfork

The spaciousness and clarity of Flourish does make it an easy record to return to; while challenging, it’s not a difficult listen.

70
Consequence of Sound

The rhythms here are generally much more complex, both technically and texturally, forcing focus onto the minutia, practically demanding headphones over speakers.

CheapandLethal
60
Fairly uninspiring
EMR
59
An album filled with electropop tunes that sometimes go overboard sounding too repetitive and forgettable. Some ideas are actually pretty good, but the songs are overly stretched, making it difficult to really enjoy and stay in touch with these compositions. Overall, though, good vocals, some nice ambient-ish sounds and beats make this a decent listen.
Antonis
81
Art is in the air!
mj04
73
Clearly better than their first album. especially the second half, with all these really long tracks are so beautiful.
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MISC LISTS

#10/Exclaim! (Pop & Rock)

Track List

  1. Victoria
  2. Fruend 
  3. December
  4. Hossak
  5. Girl
  6. Together
  7. Ebben
  8. Amends 
  9. Juniper
  10. In Kind
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