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  • Summary: The first new studio release from alternative rock in 10 years features the same line-up (Kelley and Kim Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson) that was on 1993's Last Splash and includes contributions from Courtney Barnett and Steve Albini.
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Oct 5, 2018
    100
    While the title track's big-hearted buildup channels the crew's establishing alt-pop buoyancy, new ideas stagger the 11 tracks. Monolithic "MetaGoth" and smoky ballad "Walking With a Killer" work through internal frustrations, eloquently tracking out a new era for the Breeders.
  2. Mar 2, 2018
    90
    The Breeders have released the rock album of the year so far.
  3. Mar 5, 2018
    87
    The first new Breeders album in a decade, sounds--predictably, gloriously--like The Breeders.
  4. Mojo
    Feb 27, 2018
    80
    Mimicking the band's whole existence, it flickers between light and shade, its clouds fast-moving, sunshine blotted out before it breaks through. [Apr 2018, p.88]
  5. Mar 1, 2018
    80
    Music that is rich and deep and repays repeated listening. All the Breeders’ trademarks are here: the guitar lines that sit at unexpected angles to the chords, the shifts from light to dark, the curious sense of humour.
  6. 75
    All Nerve finds The Breeders sounding more ecstatic and less restrained than anytime since Last Splash originally soaked the alt-rock scene.
  7. Mar 2, 2018
    50
    The title track and the genuinely brilliant ‘MetaGoth’ Stripped to the bone and not so much sung as intoned by Josephine Wiggs, this is one of the creepiest yet compelling compositions The Breeders have ever put their name to. From there on in, the album goes through a variety of fits and starts before descending into anticlimax.

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  1. Mar 22, 2018
    9
    It's The Breeders missing album, what should have been released in 1994. It's not pseudo retro or grasping for a vintage sound. It's sincereIt's The Breeders missing album, what should have been released in 1994. It's not pseudo retro or grasping for a vintage sound. It's sincere and real and classic. I predict it's the best thing we'll hear in 2018, and it's only March. Expand
  2. Mar 17, 2018
    9
    I've listened to it a lot in the last few weeks, maybe the full album 7-8 times. id say i love the energy for the first few songs, then metaI've listened to it a lot in the last few weeks, maybe the full album 7-8 times. id say i love the energy for the first few songs, then meta goth is odd one, then, the one about beachballs is awesome, then the mood change for the last few song is awesome, blues at the Acropolis is one of my favs.

    there's more to be said but i think you should just listen to the album yourself, its great to know there is still some musicians i like out there.

    walking with a killer is also really interesting.

    #peace and #love #iwanttohaveakebabwithkimdeal
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  3. Mar 7, 2018
    5
    This album is by no means bad, but what a disappointment that it sounds just like "Last Splash". You'd think some kind of musical growth wouldThis album is by no means bad, but what a disappointment that it sounds just like "Last Splash". You'd think some kind of musical growth would have taken hold by now. As a result, it's already out of my rotation. It was fun while it lasted (all four days). Next time, Kim, try less hammer and more divine. Or even more Josephine: her vocal on "Metagoth" was one of the few surprises. Expand

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