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Gallipoli

Beirut

Gallipoli

Fifth studio album from the indie folk group led by Zach Condon, named after the Italian town where the title track was written

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
4AD
UK Release date
01/02/2019
US Release date
01/02/2019
  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The sound of one of our most talented musicians rediscovering his love for what he was born to do. It’s Zach Condon’s career highlight so far and shows that he's at his best when he enjoys making music and cares less about what critics and fans might think of it
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  2. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Even though Beirut did not reinvent their modus operandi with Gallipoli, the record stands as one of their stronger moments, mainly due to Condon's perspective towards the feeling of this record
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  3. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Nowhere is this sugary, overly ornate, or maudlin: An excellent return to form
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The most acoustically rich Beirut album to date
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  5. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    A mature work, a feat for an artist already so adept at making music born out of steeping oneself in their sonic passions
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  6. 8.0 |   All Music

    Condon's warm quaver and bevy of brass instruments, acoustic and electric guitars, electronic and acoustic drums, accordion, and mix of pianos, organs, and synthesizers including modular synths gathered under a production ethos that dials up already colorful arrangements to Technicolor spectacle
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  7. 8.0 |   The Music

    One always gets the impression Condon can write a melody in his sleep, and there are several refrains here that you will be humming for days
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  8. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    In an era where looking for something beyond the borders you were born in is met with the poisonous and the punitive, Beirut’s nomadic embrace is something we can all believe in
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  9. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The vintage Italian electric organs, brittle ukuleles and sunset trumpets are to the fore again, as are the postcard locales
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  10. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Hs most emotional set yet
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    Lit up by luminous hooks, at times feeling like a victory lap for all that the band has achieved
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  12. 7.0 |   The 405

    Gallipoli— a complete departure from band’s musically stale, emotionally sleepy No No No—reminds long-time listeners of the initial hype that surrounded Condon and Beirut long ago
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  13. 7.0 |   Clash

    It’s not a particularly groundbreaking Beirut album, but it is certainly a beautiful Beirut album
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  14. 6.6 |   Pitchfork

    He remains cozily ensconced in his twee wheelhouse
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  15. 6.0 |   Crack

    Occasionally scattershot, but Gallipoli provides clear evidence that Condon has married past and present, locking back into a creative groove
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  16. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Oddly unmoving, lacking range for all its seductive picturesque roaming. Print edition only

  17. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    There's enough material here for a solid EP, but it's rather thin for a full-length. Still, as a modestly enjoyable throwback to 2006, it gets the job done
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  18. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    There are plenty of plainly beautiful moments on Gallipoli
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  19. 6.0 |   DIY

    There’s a gorgeous familiarity to the record, but it’s also one peppered with adventure
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  20. 5.9 |   Paste Magazine

    An incredibly inoffensive album, one that’s perfectly lovely without offering any striking new ideas or features that make it memorable
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  21. 4.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Replaces the wide-eyed wonderment of other times and places with a cynical twee tableau
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