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Deep In The Iris

Braids

Deep In The Iris

Third album of experimental indie / psych pop from the Canadian trio produced by Damian Taylor (The Killers, Bjork)

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Arbutus
UK Release date
27/04/2015
US Release date
28/04/2015
  1. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    One of the finest records of the year so far
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  2. 8.7 |   Paste Magazine

    This is the album that finally cements Braids’ role within Montreal’s accomplished indie artists and Raphaelle Standell-Preston as one of the most uniquely artistic forces in music today
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  3. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    An exercise in Standell-Preston determining her self-worth, both internally and in the eyes of the world at-large

  4. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    More concentrated than anything Braids have released to date. If its runtime is more approachable, the songs themselves are also more intense
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  5. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Deep in the Iris feels like Braids’ turn toward the accessible, but it doesn’t jettison the genre tricks they used to indulge
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  6. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A musical mash-up of acoustic and electronic influences that's both achingly vulnerable and tentatively joyful
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  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    Some of the band's most empathetic music
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  8. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Doesn’t completely dissolve Braids’ diverging impulses into one another, but it knows when to nurture one and temper the other, embracing fair compromise without unfair sacrifice
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  9. 7.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Their best and most immersive release yet
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  10. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    Deep in the Iris never lets you get quite too familiar, or comfortable
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  11. 7.2 |   Earbuddy

    BRAIDS has all the tools to make a beautiful record, it’s only a question of how many albums they will put out before they learn how to use everything in perfect harmony
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  12. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The music is sensual and surprising, with echoes of Kate Bush and Cocteau Twins
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  13. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    While their new radio-friendly incarnation can boast a more universal appeal, it seems unlikely that this will be their finest (or final) form
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  14. 7.0 |   The 405

    They have tightened their sound, which heralds a sense of mastery of what Braids can achieve as a collective
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  15. 6.0 |   NOW

    The warm sonics are a nice departure from the chilliness of 2013's Flourish//Perish
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  16. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    By trying to be the band everyone wants them to be, BRAIDS have sacrificed the qualities that made them so captivating. And that is one hell of a shame
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  17. 6.0 |   DIY

    A thoroughly satisfying listen that features some of the best material Braids have put to record so far
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  18. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    They have honed their skills over the three albums to the point where their art-rock now swings with both brawn and brains
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  19. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Although the music doesn’t always conjure it, there’s power in the album’s consciousness
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