• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Feb 2, 2018
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Feb 8, 2018
    100
    Microshift manages to be both their most accessible work and their most intense: the sound of an already powerful band gaining not just clarity, but focus.
  2. 100
    Despite the album’s title, Microshift represents not a minor step up but a gigantic stride. On an immediate level the songs sound much bigger, cleaner and more confident. Every component is crisper, from the sharpened hi-hat to MJ’s scrubbed-up vocals.
  3. Feb 8, 2018
    90
    Microshift clearly demonstrates that Hookworms are operating on a new level.
  4. Feb 7, 2018
    90
    In some ways, Microshift is Hookworms’ equivalent of that album [Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion]. A band with an established sound embracing electronics and pop songwriting like never before, but managing to do so without it feeling remotely forced, and finding their biggest audience yet as a result.
  5. Jan 31, 2018
    90
    You would have to search far and wide to find a transformation in an already great band that works as well as this. The key to it all is the vulnerability that MJ is now willing to put on display, giving the newfound musical incisiveness the emotional fuel it needs to really fly. If this isn’t one of the albums of the year then we must be in for something special.
  6. 90
    It's the beginning of the 2018 and talk of albums of the year right now is obviously churlish, but on Microshift we're hearing a band hitting their sweet spot with such an effortless swagger that we're sure this is a contender.
  7. Feb 1, 2018
    85
    Over an impossibly difficult three years, the band have learnt to fuse the seismic nature of their sound with an emotional transparency that elevates them as a band hugely.
  8. Feb 6, 2018
    80
    Microshift finds Hookworms drawing a line under their history and taking their first step on a new adventure. They’ve not put a foot wrong yet.
  9. Feb 2, 2018
    80
    Their new way of constructing songs and the more open nature of the sound have done nothing to blunt their emotional impact, and Microshift ends up being just as powerful and cathartic as previous works while being richer and more musically satisfying.
  10. Feb 2, 2018
    80
    While ‘The Hum’ proved a logical step forward for Hookworms, ‘Microshift’ pays little attention to the script, and is all the more thrilling for it.
  11. Feb 1, 2018
    80
    Reborn through anguish, Hookworms are alive and otherworldly as ever.
  12. Q Magazine
    Jan 30, 2018
    80
    Expanding your sound without losing your edge is a tough trick to pull off, but Hookworms manage it with inner space to spare. [Mar 2018, p.111]
  13. Mojo
    Jan 29, 2018
    80
    An unusual yet utterly coherent balance of tenderness and euphoria, vulnerability and invention. [Mar 2018, p.96]
  14. Uncut
    Jan 29, 2018
    80
    A wonderful record. [Mar 2018, p.30]
  15. Jan 29, 2018
    80
    [An] emotionally open and exploratory shapeshift.
  16. Jan 29, 2018
    80
    Immersive and lyrically heavy, but not without radiancy and light, Hookworms' ability to turn desperation into euphoria is a quality that makes this album a liberating, often healing, experience.
  17. Feb 5, 2018
    79
    The adherence to krautrockin’ repetition remains, but the proto-punk engine has been replaced by electronic loops and glacial synths. Suddenly, a band that once sounded most at home in strobe-lit basement dives now sounds primed for a late-afternoon slot at your roving summer festival of choice.
  18. Feb 2, 2018
    75
    Overall, Microshift is the sound of a band pulling itself out of the abyss on the back of its most buoyant music yet.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 63
  2. Negative: 3 out of 63
  1. Feb 4, 2018
    10
    This is the album which, after years or enjoying Metacritic passively, finally made me create an account and contribute. I enjoyed HookwormsThis is the album which, after years or enjoying Metacritic passively, finally made me create an account and contribute. I enjoyed Hookworms previous album (maybe 7.5/10) but this might just be The best "rock" album I have heard since Arcade Fire's "Funeral". One of my measures is the "lump in the throat" test - more often achieved in live performance (Arcade fire, Bon iver, Frank Turner, The Maccabees, Twenty-one Pilots (before they were famous) , even Of Monsters and Men) but even rarer on record. But Microshift did it at least three time. I'm not going to go into great detail - just tunes, passion, emotion, a great "flow" through the album ... if this isn't my album of 2018 then hell, its going to be a great year. Full Review »
  2. Feb 3, 2018
    10
    The sound here is fresh, modern, experimental, clear, transparent, vivid, stable, unstable, powerful!
    Microshift is an excellent album
    The sound here is fresh, modern, experimental, clear, transparent, vivid, stable, unstable, powerful!
    Microshift is an excellent album because it is bright, huge and sincere in its' intentions: it describes a dystopian age with half-light tones.
    Great work.
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  3. Feb 2, 2018
    10
    Microshift is instead a macro shift for Hookworms, not only that, but it's one of the finest examples of a band finding its sound, finding itsMicroshift is instead a macro shift for Hookworms, not only that, but it's one of the finest examples of a band finding its sound, finding its own expressiveness and originality, delivering what's gonna be definitely one the best albums of 2018. Full Review »