A+E - Graham Coxon
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Apr 13, 2012
    90
    The combination of precisely crafted pop and fiercely imaginative arrangements results in a thrilling listen.
  2. A+E is Coxon's most thrilling and noisy album since 2000's The Golden D.
  3. Apr 3, 2012
    90
    Coxon's most accomplished solo album to date.
  4. Mar 30, 2012
    90
    These are songs that flinch as much as they fight, that veer wildly into strange territories but never overindulge and that, essentially, draw all of the best bits from Coxon's weird and wonderful arsenal into one inimitable package.
  5. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    When he's on this sort of excitable form, no one, Albarn included can keep up. [May 2012, p.108]
  6. Apr 24, 2012
    80
    A&E is a record that has the propensity to entice fans old and new across the genre spectrum.
  7. Apr 4, 2012
    80
    Loud and lively, fast and fuzzy, this scattering of creative energy is the most persuasive solo record Coxon has released. [May 2012, p.64]
  8. Apr 3, 2012
    80
    It is a hugely exciting album that forges new ground for its maker to stride forth over.
  9. Mar 29, 2012
    80
    What really propels these songs is Coxon's ineffable talent for pop melody.
  10. Mar 27, 2012
    80
    What one quickly realises is that this is an accomplished record.
  11. May 2, 2012
    70
    Coxon's penchant for riding out grooves until he exhausts all ideas for leads and textures to lay over them prevents the rest of A+E from being as flat-out gripping its leadoff track, but the need to trim excess time off doesn't undermine the cores of the scruffy rockers he has put together-they're still pretty damn catchy, and should have listeners up on their feet with little effort.
  12. Mar 27, 2012
    70
    Spectacularly creative pop.
  13. Apr 5, 2012
    67
    You're left wishing the album drew a little more blood.
  14. Apr 20, 2012
    60
    It's lots of fun, a whirlwind romp through grubby rock landmarks. [May 2012, p.84]
  15. Apr 4, 2012
    60
    Despite the quality of the execution, it's difficult to shake the sense that A+E has been done before.
  16. 60
    Sophisticated it's not but, by and large, it's thrilling, the guitarist's zest for life evident throughout.
  17. 40
    The raw indie-punk grinds and krautrock pulses have a brutish drive and determination, though lingering this long among a cast of "wasted people in a wasted world" leaves a grim aftertaste.

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