In a Perfect World (Kodaline album)

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In a Perfect World
Studio album by Kodaline
Released 14 June 2013 (2013-06-14)
Genre Indie rock, alternative rock, folk rock
Length 44:09
Label B-Unique/RCA Victor
Singles from In a Perfect World
  1. "High Hopes"
    Released: 15 March 2013
  2. "Love Like This"
    Released: 31 May 2013
  3. "Brand New Day"
    Released: 23 August 2013
  4. "One Day"
    Released: 2014

In a Perfect World is the debut studio album by Irish rock quartet Kodaline. The album was released in Ireland on 14 June 2013 and includes the singles "High Hopes" and "Love Like This". On 20 June 2013 the album entered the Irish Albums Chart at number 1.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 47/100
Review scores
Source Rating
Clash 4/5 stars[1]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[2]
The Independent 3/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
The Observer 2/5 stars[5]
DIY 1.5/5 stars
Q 1/5 stars
The Irish Times 2/5 stars

The album received mixed reviews, and currently holds a score of 47 out of 100 on aggregate review site Metacritic, based on 9 reviews.[6]

Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the album a mixed review, saying that "Each track nods to the album's namesake by being acutely aware of unobtainable aspirations, but accepting the stark reality nonetheless. Kodaline are not offering a complete folk redesign - albeit some songs lean more towards indie rock than their contemporaries' efforts - but In A Perfect World is packed with enough heart and soul to make it an enjoyable debut."[7] Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian also gave the album a mixed review stating "Kodaline have already mastered the craft of piling chorus upon unshakable chorus. Most of these 11 songs contain a killer hook, such as the one that transforms High Hopes from wobbly-lipped ballad to hair-tearing tearjerker. Singer Steve Garrigan has modelled himself on vocalists who are experts at jerking the tears, including Art Garfunkel and Keane's Tom Chaplin, in the service of songs that require him constantly to sound as if he's on the verge of a seizure. All told, there's a lot of bodice-ripping emotion to take in, and it's this, rather than the lack of original ideas, that makes In a Perfect World hard to take in large doses."[4]

Ally Carnwath of The Observer gave the album 2 stars out of 5, and felt "That for all their stadium uplift and notionally anthemic choruses, they never deliver a hook or melodic sucker punch that really floors you."[8] Lauren Murphy of The Irish Times gave a similar review, saying "Kodaline are a bit drab...It sounds like [they] are more focused on ticking boxes in order to appeal to their target audience, than on blazing their own trail by attempting something original."[9] Bevis Man from DIY gave a negative review, saying "Let’s be frank here, what this band needs is a punch in the face and to grow some balls. It’s hard not to imagine the band, all still in their 20s, writing the album wistfully looking out of a window and feeling incredibly sorry for themselves."[10] Q Magazine were highly critical of the album, calling it "Entirely meritless", and awarded 1 star out of 5.

Singles[edit]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "One Day"   4:15
2. "All I Want"   5:05
3. "Love Like This"   3:36
4. "High Hopes"   3:50
5. "Brand New Day"   3:25
6. "After The Fall"   3:35
7. "Big Bad World"   4:21
8. "All Comes Down"   4:55
9. "Talk"   4:28
10. "Pray"   3:33
11. "Way Back When"   3:26

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Ireland 14 June 2013 Digital download, CD B-Unique

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (7 June 2013). "Kodaline: In a Perfect World – review". Clash. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Hardy, Tony (20 June 2013). "Album Review: Kodaline - In a Perfect World". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Gill, Andy (14 June 2013). "Album review: Kodaline, In a Perfect World (B-Unique)". The Independent. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Sullivan, Caroline (20 June 2013). "Kodaline: In a Perfect World – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Carnwath, Ally (16 June 2013). "Kodaline: In a Perfect World – review". The Observer. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Critic Reviews for In a Perfect World". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  7. ^ Kodaline: 'In A Perfect World' - Album review - Music Album Review - Digital Spy
  8. ^ Ally Carnwath (2013-06-16). "Kodaline: In a Perfect World – review | Music | The Observer". Guardian. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  9. ^ http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/kodaline-in-a-perfect-world-1.1427379
  10. ^ "Kodaline - In A Perfect World | Album Reviews | DIY". Thisisfakediy.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
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