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  • Artist(s): Body
  • Summary: This is the second full-length studio release for Kim Gordon's post-Sonic Youth project with guitarist Bill Nace.
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  1. 83
    Kim Gordon’s voice may have been the spark that lit the blaze, but now she’s using a guitar to conjure up sonic waves to keep pushing us forward.
  2. Jul 13, 2018
    80
    Gordon’s most impassioned singing on the album helps here, too, but it’s the pair’s frame accuracy that makes the track so dramatic. The results are far from predictable, but they serve as further proof that Body/Head are fully in control.
  3. Jul 13, 2018
    80
    Since the release of Fractured Orgasm, this duo’s 2011 cassette debut, they’ve proven themselves adept at subtly but profoundly shifting the mood of whatever studios or venues they happen to be exorcising. What The Switch demonstrates is that Gordon and Nace have gotten better at being overt.
  4. Jul 11, 2018
    70
    The Switch is a restlessly searching work that requires a concentrated listener, yet for all its harshness, this eccentric and admirably inconclusive record has a deeply meditative quality.
  5. Jul 17, 2018
    70
    The live shows Body/Head have done in the interim, where much of the material comprising The Switch sprang from, seems to’ve helped them nail down a more cohesive approach. It’s still wide open, drifting music, but with a relative brevity that helps it lodge more with the listener as an album.
  6. Uncut
    Jul 11, 2018
    70
    It's nuanced "noise" that packs a hefty emotional punch. [Aug 2018, p.24]
  7. Q Magazine
    Jul 11, 2018
    60
    For a "difficult" record, it's an oddly easy sell--an instant, atmospheric disturbance, a tiny portable wormhole. [Aug 2018, p.108]

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