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Shadow Offering

Braids

Shadow Offering

Fourth album of experimental indie / psych pop from the Canadian trio produced by former Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
Secret City
UK Release date
19/06/2020
US Release date
19/06/2020
  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A luscious, intricate body of work, Shadow Offering recounts pain, heartbreak, anger, and everything else that nestles in the heart of humanity before lifting the trodden towards the light of hope
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  2. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Shadow Offering is as bold and lush as the group who composed it, but that should be no surprise: sonic transcendence is what Braids do best
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  3. 8.0 |   Clash

    During these times of uncertainty, Braids reminds listeners to keep doing their best and to be kind to themselves. ‘Shadow Offering,’ is beautiful and heartwrenching, pulling on listeners’ heartstrings
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The music is cinematic in scope, offering Armageddon and salvation in turn. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    For all their questioning, Braids sound more like themselves than ever before, that dramatic streak remaining intact as their songs are driven by a new sense of clarity and purpose on Shadow Offering, their most powerful – and possibly best – album yet
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  6. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Their open hand reaches into the shadows and beckons us to pull us closer to the light
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  7. 7.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    Shadow Offering is a complex album, and their biggest, boldest effort yet, but it’s also a little at odds with itself
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  8. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    On their fourth album, the Montreal trio begins a new chapter, one robust enough to hold the intense emotions in frontwoman Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s vocals
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  9. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Melodramatic as it is, it encompasses every niggling thought you’ve had when lying awake in the early hours and embodies a relatability that helps make the album a quiet success
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  10. 7.0 |   music OMH

    With lyrics that pertain to the current disillusioned millennial generation, Shadow Offering is a rich emotional tapestry of sound. A lot of it shouldn’t work, and yet you are left wanting more. Weirdly wonderful
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  11. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Shadow Offering has glimmers of Braids' former album but with a new direction and an attempt to adopt a new maturity and sensibility
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  12. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Fans of Braids and those interested in the kinds of personal, political and artistic struggles this work deals with will enjoy spending time with this new record
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  13. 6.0 |   NME

    After a period of internal strife, the Montreal art-poppers ditch obscure synths and attempt to reconcile with themselves. The results are mixed
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