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Second album from the Kettering, Northamptonshire psychedelic quartet self-produced in their home studio

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  1. 9.0 |   The Music

    A lush profusion of psychedelic pop dreaminess
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  2. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Temples aren't stuck in the past, they've glimpsed the future. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Second time round, they still marry old and new, but they've cut down on the stodge. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    On ‘Volcano’ they really have outdone themselves — no second album syndrome here — taking their synth-pop, festival-friendly sound into something more sophisticated, with more depth
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  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    It would have been really easy for Temples to pump out Sun Structures 2.0, but they took a chance, and the result is some really exciting rock'n'roll
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  6. 8.0 |   NME

    ‘Volcano’ may rank as more of a technical progression than an artistic one, but it’s no less impressive for that
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    England's neo-psychedelic wonder boys bring grand vision and more explosions to sophomore release Volcano
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    If Temples needed to prove that they were more than talented revivalists, then ‘Volcano’ should silence the doubters
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  9. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    An eruption of ideas and ambition
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  10. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Practically sheds the skin of their earlier approach, with the band leaning on their melodic strengths to emerge with a largely new identity that also seems a surprisingly natural fit
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  11. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    This record’s closest counterpart is last year’s Currents from Tame Impala. Temples can’t quite reach pop solidarity like those Aussies, but they come close enough
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  12. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Temples has inherited an unusual spot in the modern world of psychedelia
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  13. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    One of the noticaeble differences presented on Volcano is the lyrical directness and a mature focus on earthly concerns, whilst still mixing it with their signature fantasy
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  14. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Heaped spoonfuls of psychedelic sugar
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  15. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Volcano is a fun album of tightly-crafted, catchy melodies. But it’s in no way reinventing the genre the band members so keenly idolise
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  16. 6.0 |   music OMH

    You’ve heard of space rock; this is seen-from-space pop
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  17. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    An uncomfortable halfway house between idiosyncrasy and the insubstantial
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  18. 6.0 |   Uncut

    The overall effect feels arch and a little insubstantial, James Bagshaw's airy vocals adding tot he sense of impermanence. They're best at their most direct. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   The 405

    There is nothing wrong with Volcano - its songs are meticulously crafted and magnificently produced, with nothing sounding out of place. But it bored me
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  20. 5.0 |   Gig Soup

    Temples fully embrace their comfort zone
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  21. 5.0 |   Earbuddy

    Temples' Volcano never erupts, just sits there looking pretty
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  22. 2.0 |   The Independent

    A wheedling, keyboard-heavy electropop sound with much less bite, pock-marked with dubious stylistic potholes
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