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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British indie rock band led by Oscar Pollock was produced by Kaines (Alex Robertshaw from Everything Everything).
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 80
    Sundara Karma have grown both personally and musically with this album and they have delivered a follow-up that is confident and utterly fearless. With more direction than their previous entry, Oscar Pollock’s weird and wonderful mind becomes the main spectacle and something to truly admire.
  2. Ulfilas’ Alphabet is a great reinvention after the band’s 2017 debut ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’. This is a clear gateway into a sphere of daring artistry that Sundara Karma previously only flirted with.
  3. Mar 5, 2019
    80
    Sundara Karma might have set their sights high by naming their record for a man whose ambition spread to creating a whole system of writing, but Ulfilas’ Alphabet matches every lofty idea the band set themselves and then some.
  4. Mar 7, 2019
    80
    In all respects, Sundara Karma have come out with a winner, mining choice bits from rock's mighty canon and fusing their own quirks and imagination to a complex but engaging set of songs.
  5. Q Magazine
    Mar 5, 2019
    80
    The weaponised theatricality never overshadows a set of songs that are as entertaining as they are grandly ambitious. [Apr 2019, p.116]
  6. Mar 12, 2019
    60
    Experimentations galore, Sundara Karma’s second album is one that works well, as tracks blend into each other despite jarring soundscapes. But there is no track that appears a clear standout, and therein lies the failing within an otherwise bold record, as no one track roots you in your place wanting more.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Apr 4, 2019
    10
    Having never heard of Sundara Karma, I checked out this album because it had high marks on Metacritic. I'm so glad I did. Love this album!Having never heard of Sundara Karma, I checked out this album because it had high marks on Metacritic. I'm so glad I did. Love this album! It is very well produced. The sound is fantastic, and the songs are unique and catchy with melodies that will stick in your head. This album is definitely going to be one of my favorites of the year.... can't recommend it strongly enough. Expand
  2. Mar 8, 2019
    9
    An undeniably original cut of tracks that come out far more interesting than their first effort. Sundara Karma has really outdone expectationsAn undeniably original cut of tracks that come out far more interesting than their first effort. Sundara Karma has really outdone expectations with Ulfilas' Alphabet and has pleasantly surprised me with some of the best songs I've heard so far this year.

    The array of sounds they produce on this album is something I really didn't expect but as they released more and more singles from this album it started to really look promising, and they delivered with the main tracks for me, Symbols of Joy & Eternity (despite the chorus being a bit of a mouthful to sing) and Rainbow Body really shining through as some of the best songs I've heard so far this year. Hell, the closing track sounds like something that could've been produced by CHVRCHES or something off of let's eat Grandma's record, I'm all Ears. Yet it still retains a vibe that could only be pulled off by Sundara Karma. The only real lull for me is Sweet Intentions but even then it's not bad in any regard.

    This album definitely won't be enjoyed by everyone but from me, it's one of the most creative and interesting albums I've heard all year and without a shadow of a doubt, I will return to it at various points throughout the year.

    Top Tracks:
    Symbols Of Joy & Eternity, Rainbow Body, Illusions, Little Smart Houses
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