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Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Jun 11, 2018
    90
    Equally soothing and exciting, heartfelt and innovative, Ecstatic Arrow is Virginia Wing's finest work yet.
  2. Jun 12, 2018
    80
    This is an album that benefits from its nods to another era. Anyone who pines for MTV's early years will find something to love here. Contemporary production values mesh nicely with an old-school execution.
  3. 80
    Ecstatic Arrow is frank in its representation of the struggles of women creators, but balances its anger with miraculous joy.
  4. Jun 8, 2018
    80
    As well as the solid rhythms, the anchor amid the sonic burble is singer Alice Merida Richards. Her voice has touches of Broadcast’s Trish Keenan, Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, and Julia Holter.
  5. Jun 7, 2018
    80
    Ecstatic Arrow is kind of the sonic equivalent of the Barbican Conservatory, with its juxtaposition of undulating concrete and myriad verdant plants from across the world. And if you’ve ever been there, you’ll know it’s a very pleasant space.
  6. Mojo
    Jun 6, 2018
    80
    Well-crafted third from the south London art pop duo with a playful spirit to match their impeccable post-punk influences. [Jul 2018, p.98]
  7. Q Magazine
    Jun 6, 2018
    80
    Politically charged, smart, melodic and irrepressible--it's a fascinating record. [Summer 2018, p.116]
  8. Uncut
    Jun 6, 2018
    80
    Feels like the moment where the pair's music pulls into focus. [Jul 2018, p.37]
  9. Jun 6, 2018
    80
    Their best record to date, Ecstatic Arrow reminds us of the astonishing things you can do with pop music if you dare defy conventions.
  10. Jun 19, 2018
    78
    Ecstatic Arrow is full of declarations delivered with such lucid certainty that they make a brighter future seem persuasively simple.

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