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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Massachusetts indie rock band led by Sadie Dupuis was mixed by Mike Mogis.
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  1. Apr 24, 2018
    90
    This is Speedy Ortiz at their most refined and most accessible.
  2. Apr 30, 2018
    80
    It's easily the band's most direct album, but rather than dumbing things down, they've removed anything that might get in the way of their messages. The more defiant they are, the more accessible they get, and they kick off the album with some of their hookiest songs.
  3. May 9, 2018
    80
    It’s their strongest album to date, and while Speedy Ortiz are probably never going to make that giant leap into the mainstream--they’ll always be a bit too abrasive and lo-fi for mass acceptance--Twerp Verse is the sound of a band standing on the verge of great things.
  4. Apr 24, 2018
    78
    An album that strikes a balance between thorny and accessible in a way that’s smart and tuneful.
  5. 75
    This is the most listener-friendly and accessible that Speedy Ortiz have ever been. But the band hasn’t left behind their heavy grunge sound, despite what many long-time fans will think when they listen to Twerp Verse. They’ve just given their sound a clever makeover, and taken the next step in their evolution as a band by doing so.
  6. Apr 27, 2018
    70
    The headiness doesn’t always work to Dupuis’s advantage; for every song on Twerp Verse that gets its point across with fresh, memorable language, there’s one where cutting through the thickets of wordplay feels more exhausting than enjoyable. Still, when she gets the balance just right, as she does on the creepy sexual-harassment story “Villain” and the romantic-dysfunction anthem “Backslidin’,” she’s one of indie rock’s finest lyricists.
  7. Apr 24, 2018
    60
    Twerp Verse is a polished, sonically inventive record that’s both playful and punchy, but its purpose feels unclear.

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