| October 16, 2015|
Wait & See
16 October 2015
| Indie pop, Ambient music, Art Pop, Dream pop|
Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year
Are You Alone? is the fourth and final studio album from Canadian pop duo Majical Cloudz, released on October 16, 2015 on Matador Records.
Are You Alone? received largely positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80, based on 18 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".
Mike Powell of Pitchfork Media gave the album a positive review, stating, "Like Impersonator, Alone is a sad album, but its sadness is a kind of tall tale, the details of which are overblown for dramatic effect. At times its lyrics sound less like expressions of personal darkness than advertisements for darkness in general, written in lettering so big you could read it from the highway." Powell continues, "Alone is less stripped-down than Impersonator, but it feels less confrontational, too. The band recently went on tour opening for Lorde, and seem to have figured out how to broaden their sound while softening it at the same time, all without losing the detonating high that made Impersonator so remarkable. Songs like "So Blue" and "Downtown"—both standouts—are easy to imagine as more fully fleshed out pieces of music, conveying size without occupying space. Like photographic negatives, you can still see the image but the inversion of blacks and whites lends it a kind of alien melancholy."
All tracks written by Devon Welsh.Main personnel
Devon Welsh – composer
Matthew Otto – composer, mixing
Owen Pallett – cello, drums, violin (4)
Austin Milne – saxophone (1)
Kenneth Welsh – flute (5, 7)
Tyler Crawford – mixing
Tyler Fitzmaurice – mixing
Ryan Morey – mastering
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