13.0.0.0.0 - This Town Needs Guns
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Henry Tremain does a fine job replacing the ever-inventive Stuart Smith on vocals. His lyrics aren't that much fun to sing, but they're nice to read.
  2. They still may not make an incredibly fashionable brand of music, but this new record shows that they're pretty great at it.
  3. 60
    13.0.0.0.0 is a solid album with beautiful moments, but in the end, it lacks the grit that could push TTNG higher.
  4. Jan 24, 2013
    50
    Its fervent technicality can leave it feeling soulless, lacking grit, bite or real emotion. It can become stifling and songs tend to blur together. But there are moments of beauty too.
  5. Jan 24, 2013
    80
    Though the band's approach is fairly consistent throughout the album, there are instrumental ideas explored with tracks like In The Branches of Yggdrasil and Nice Riff, Clichard, the latter of which takes a shot at some melancholic Richard D. James beat invention.
  6. Jan 25, 2013
    60
    Unfortunately, despite the tightness of this trio's musical interplay, 13.0.0.0.0 overall suffers from a homogenous sound.
  7. 70
    Some improved diversity and novel musical ideas make 13.0.0.0.0 a much more interesting listen, though, and it's nice to hear a math rock band bringing more than just math to their songwriting sensibilities.
  8. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    The virtuoso musicianship largely eclipses Henry Tremain's insipid vocals. [Feb 2013, p.112]
  9. Jan 24, 2013
    60
    The tracks are less punchy than before and perhaps more subdued, though this is the sort of music that needs to be immersed in and often takes time to truly appreciate.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 26, 2013
    7
    "13.0.0.0.0" is the latest musical making of This Town Needs Guns, showcasing a new vocalist with the same funky guitar riffs and odd time signatures. This album definitely doesn't live up to the previous album, "Animals", but it's a damn strong effort and a good one at that. The standout on the album is easily "Havoc in the Forum", which shows a very groovy side similar to the self-titled LP. It is just the one song on the album that will make you bob your head hard and tap your foot, consistently, while air-drumming. Another spotlight song is "Cat Fantastic", the album opener. It definitely showcases the new vocalist's talents and that TTNG is going to be here for a while, with or without Stu. If you consider yourself a hardcore math rock fan or just a indie rock fan in general, this album is a must buy. Full Review »